Recently, computer-based 'brain training' games based on "principles of neuroplasticity" have become widely available and are being increasingly used by individuals wanting to increase or maintain their cognitive skills. This presentation will briefly review a number of commercially-available brain training programs, and explore whether there are potential clinical applications for these programs. We will also examine the evidence base on the use of such programs with various clinical populations.
After receiving a BSc in Psychology from the University of Alberta, Dr. Kim attended the University of Arizona for graduate studies. There she received her MS and PhD in Speech-Language Pathology and has worked in several settings with adult clients, including skilled nursing facilities and home health. She also worked as a research speech-language pathologist/post-doctoral fellow in the Aphasia Research Project at the University of Arizona, and was involved in the assessment and treatment of adults with acquired disorders of spoken and written language. In 2009, she returned to the University of Alberta to begin a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology. She is also a Research Affiliate at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, and a member of the Alberta Aphasia Awareness Committee.
Dr. Kim's research focuses on understanding and remediating disorders of written language (reading/writing) in individuals with aphasia. Her other research interests include the use of computer-based therapies to treat cognitive/linguistic impairments in adults, as well as the investigation of cognitive changes in normal aging, as they relate to communication and language processing.
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