Training delivered online can boost the mental processing of the over 50s, a Swinburne University study has found.
Professor Con Stough’s team at Swinburne University of Technology asked 34 Australians aged between 53 and 75 to complete 21 days of training using a popular online program.
They found a 10 per cent improvement in mental processing speeds for two of the tasks tested.
Stough said this improvement was a good start but further studies were needed.
He said “crystallised intelligence”, or stored knowledge, does not begin to decline until after 60, whereas “fluid intelligence”, or speed of learning, decreases after the age of 21.
Stough said the online training would help fluid intelligence.