Effect of yoga and working memory training on cognitive communicative abilities among middle aged adults

H. G. Namratha, Vinitha Mary George, Gagan Bajaj, J. Mridula, Jayashree S. Bhat

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Abstract

Several studies have reported improvements in cognitive communicative abilities with working memory training and alternative therapeutic methods conducted separately. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of combining yoga and working memory training among healthy middle aged adults. A total of 45 participants were randomly assigned into three groups. Group 1 received both yoga and working memory training, group 2 received only working memory training and group 3 served as the control group. Working memory training was provided on six tasks. Yoga training involved pranayamas and mudras. Effects of training were assessed along with the self-perceptual rating of the participants towards training. Results reveal greater training effects among group 1 participants, followed by group 2 and group 3. Group 1 also reported better perception of training (p < 0.05) than group 2. The study highlights that yoga is not only an alternative approach, but also augmentative in improving cognitive communicative abilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)92-100
Number of pages9
JournalComplementary Therapies in Clinical Practice
Volume28
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-08-2017

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  • Complementary and alternative medicine

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