Researchers show speed of processing training effective in MS

September 20, 2018
A recent pilot study suggests link between speed of processing training and improvements in neuropsychological tests and performance of everyday life activities. The research underscores the importance of processing speed in overall cognitive function in people with multiple sclerosis. 

Kessler Foundation researchers tested speed of processing training, in people with MS. SPT is a computerized treatment shown to result in persistent improvements in processing speed and everyday function in older adults. There were 21 participants in this randomized controlled trial, 12 in the treatment group and nine in the control group. The treatment group underwent 10 computerized training sessions over five weeks; controls had no treatment. The treatment group showed significant gains on neuropsychological tests of processing speed, new learning and memory, and activities of daily life.

The researchers said developing a cognitive rehabilitation protocol for treating deficits in processing speed is a priority. Reaching that goal means improving the lives of individuals and easing the burdens of caregivers. They argue this study is an important first step toward that goal.

The article was published in Frontiers in Neurology.

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