Using neuroplasticity-based auditory training to improve verbal memory in schizophrenia

Publication:  The American Journal of Psychiatry
Lab/University:  Department of Psychiatry, UCSF/SFVAMC
Author:  Fisher M, Holland C, Merzenich MM, Vinogradov S

Impaired verbal memory in schizophrenia is a key factor for functional outcome, does not respond to currently available medications, and shows only modest improvement after conventional behavioral remediation. This study of 55 people with schizophrenia showed that a group trained on Posit Science brain training exercises showed significant gains in global cognition, verbal working memory, and verbal learning and memory. They also showed reliable and significant improvement in auditory performance.