Shopping can improve the brainpower of the elderly, experts have found.
Duke University experts found older adults seem to need additional brainpower to make shopping plans- especially ones that trust on memory.
To do this, they found they use an additional brain area to remember competing consumer items and select the perfect one- importance they do not miss a bargain.
The study gives a perfect image, actually, Nichole Lighthall, who led the research, releasing 19 Nov in the Neuroscience Journal.
It advises that for fit older adults, even through their remembrance might not be as perfect, they can generally recruit other brain areas that are not typically involved in the job.
It seems that it permits them to do at a top level.
The study used fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) – a noninvasive idea that not directly measures changes in brain activity- to scan the brains of 20 younger adults, and 21 older adults while the participants viewed the images of consumer products with worth ratings indicating their star, similar to internet shopping websites like Amazon.com.
Participants were asked to carry on shopping by navigating from 1 screen to the next while trying to bear in mind the worth for each consumer product they encountered.
They then had to choose the better of 2 competing items, such as 2 different sweaters, based on which was a perfect value.
Some versions of the job were simple.
For instance, participants saw the initial product, then the 2nd product, and were asked to choose the perfect one.
In more solid trails, participants were presented the initial product, and then had to learn about or purchase several un-matched items before being presented the second, matching product and make a plan.
Old and Young adults made plans with similar accuracy and speed.
In addition to the general patterns of brain activity, anyway, older adults used a part of their brain known as ventromedial prefrontal cortex as increased memory demand.
The vmPFC is famous to be involved in processing danger calculation and it has been shown support people assign worth to emotions and rewards.
In this study, the more perfect the vmPFC was, the perfect participants performed at the job.
The study could point to potential plans to rehabilitee plan-making deficits in older adults, Roberto Cabeza said, an expert of neuroscience and psychology at Duke, and a member of the Brain Science Duke institute.
Originally posted 2014-11-26 18:12:39.