Aug 07, 2012
Neuropsychologist receives award from American Psychological Association
Karen Miller, associate clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, received a 2012 Blue Ribbon Award from the American Psychological Association (APA) for her research to explore the impact of a computerized brain fitness program in improving older adults’ memory and language function.
Age-related memory decline affects approximately 40 percent of older adults and is characterized by self-perception of memory loss and decline in memory performance. Previous studies have suggested that engaging in mental activities can help improve memory.
Miller’s team has studied the impact of memory training programs in improving memory and protecting individuals from the cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Her latest research found that participating in a computerized brain fitness program for an average of 73.5 sessions across six months improved memory and language function in older adults.
The APA Division of Clinical Neuropsychology gives out three blue ribbon awards to the top-rated investigator-initiated abstracts submitted to the annual convention.