by Eric Dolen
Cognitive training can reduce depressive symptoms in patients with traumatic brain injury, according to new research published in Human Brain Mapping.
“Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are a complex population because they often have other clinical conditions, such as depression. However, little is known about what happens to the brain when individuals with TBI receive treatment for depression. So this research focused on how the brain responds to cognitive training for individuals with TBI and depression,” said Kihwan Han of the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas.
In the study, 79 individuals with chronic TBI underwent either strategy- or information-based cognitive training in a small group for 8 weeks. Researchers used the Beck Depression Inventory to classify 53 of the participants as depressed.