Testing out mem­ory

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CURTIN Uni­ver­sity’s Neu­ro­science Re­search Lab­o­ra­tory is con­duct­ing re­search to ex­am­ine if brain train­ing and brain stim­u­la­tion can im­prove the mem­ory and think­ing skills in peo­ple with Parkin­son’s dis­ease. The study com­bines two non-phar­ma­co­log­i­cal meth­ods and will in­volve the re­cruit­ment of 90 peo­ple. Brain train­ing is a way of en­gag­ing the parts of the brain re­spon­si­ble for think­ing, plan­ning and mem­ory and in­volves com­plet­ing puzzles on a com­puter a few times a week. Brain stim­u­la­tion is a non-in­va­sive tech­nique that de­liv­ers low in­ten­sity elec­tri­cal cur­rents to spe­cific parts of the brain. Th­ese cur­rents in­crease the ac­tiv­ity in the part of the brain re­spon­si­ble for think­ing skills.

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