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A gym for the mind: Brain ‘training’ gains currency as treatment for disease and to hedge against aging

Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone (near right)and Dr. Mo Shafi use magnetic stimulation technology to observebrain function on a study participant atBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.
Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone (near right) and Dr. Mo Shafi use magnetic stimulation technology to observe brain function on a study participant at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Colm O’Molloy for The Boston Globe

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Although scoffed at for years, computer games that drill specific skills are gaining currency as a viable treatment for brain conditions and a hedge against normal aging.

A growing body of evidence suggests that a brain trained this way will be better equipped to work around damage caused by disease, injury, deficits, or aging – just as a physically fit person can better avoid and bounce back from injury.

Bonnie Wong, a clinical neuropsychologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and her colleagues are starting what they envision as a gym for the mind, offering brain training exercises – specially designed computer games – as well as nutritional and lifestyle coaching, social opportunities, and classes in meditation, music, and yoga.

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