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"Neuroimaging Study Ties Working Memory To Behavior, Lifestyle Choices" - Marilynn Larkin

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  • (December 11, 2017)

The cohesiveness of the brain network implicated in working memory is associated with behavioral traits such as higher physical endurance and better cognitive function, researchers suggest. Individual variation in working memory, or the ability to store and process information relative to a task at hand, "has been associated with multiple behavioral and health features including demographic characteristics, cognitive and physical traits and lifestyle choices," according to Sophia Frangou, MD, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Our study suggests that maintaining optimal health - and particularly physical endurance - is important to brain health," she added. "At the same time, we are exploring the use of cognitive training in terms of its efficacy and durability of its effect." Next steps include studies tying imaging results with real-world behavior using digital information from large samples, Dr. Frangou said.

- Sophia Frangou, MD, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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