Memory Improvement Training May Lower Depression Symptoms reports Neuro Arcade
(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 28, 2012 ) San Francisco, CA- Training that helps individual recalling of specific events is showing signs of reducing depression, according to recent research.
Depression is accompanied with inability to recall specific situations or items in ones past. Researchers say that the inability to readily retrieve information impairs ones ability to problem solve. This, in turn, can lead to feelings of distress or disdain, according to experts.
A study published by Clinical Psychological Science, investigated whether specific training could improve memory, and thus symptoms of depression. The training program was called Specificity Training.
Researchers asked 23 adolescent Afghani refugees who lost their fathers in war and who expressed signs of depression.
Twelve of the children were assigned to participate in training and 11 were a control group that received no training.
Each child completed a memory test in which he saw 18 positive, neutral, and negative words. The children were then asked to recall specific words from memory. Responses were categorized as specific or nonspecific memory.
They were also given questionnaires that allowed researchers to gauge their level of depression and anxiety.
The study lasted five weeks, wherein the adolescents were assigned training weekly in 80-minute group sessions. The groups learned different types of memory and memory recall methods, and practiced specific memory recollection.
After the five weeks, both groups were given the same test. The adolescents that partook in the training provided more specific memories than those who did not receive training. The trained group also showed fewer depression symptoms.
Researchers say they discovered that the relationship between training and symptoms of could be identified as a positive correlation.
Laura Jobson of the University of East Anglia and Time Dalgleish, Ph.D. of the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Medical Research Council of Cambridge said that the individuals suffering from depression include brief training components that targets memory recall as an adjunct to cognitive-behavioral therapy or prior therapy may be beneficial effects on memory recall and mood.
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