Simultaneous physical and cognitive exercise in older adults

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Psychiatry
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Dr Amit Lampit amit.lampit@unimelb.edu.au 9035 6561 Personal web page
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Amit Lampit amit.lampit@unimelb.edu.au

Project Details

A large body of evidence and recent clinical recommendations suggest that physical exercise (PE) and computerised cognitive training (CCT) are key strategies to maintain cognition in people at risk for dementia. Yet clinical trials that tried to combine the two interventions sequentially (i.e., in separate sessions) have typically reported effect sizes on cognition below those expected for each intervention alone.

Conversely, compelling evidence from preliminary studies suggest that simultaneous physical and cognitive exercise (SPACE) training produces superior cognitive gains over conventional PE or CCT by themselves as well as over sequential designs. Simultaneous training involves undertaking CCT while exercising, but most studies to date have used training approaches that are either non-interactive, or based on closed systems that offer limited training options and are too expensive to be implemented at scale.

This project will examine the benefits of a novel, interactive and open SPACE technology developed by our team on cognitive and physiological functioning in older adults. The student will learn to administer cognitive and physical training, gain experience in running a clinical trial, and develop skills in neuropsychological testing, neuroimaging and working with complex datasets.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Ageing



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Psychiatry


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