Simon 2019

Dosage and Duration
Thirty participants with a-MCI were randomized to the education program (EP) or mnemonic strategy training, where they learned to apply the technique to face-name associations during four intervening hour long training sessions. Participants underwent pre- and post-training fMRI scans, during which they encoded both the trained (i.e., those used during the four training sessions)and untrained (‘novel’)face-name associations.
Absolute Number of Participants
Health Status/Diagnosis
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) // aMCI
Primary outcomes
Key Points
"The primary cognitive outcome measures revealed significantly improved memory for both trained and novel stimuli – effects supporting near transfer of MST. Relative to pre-training, there were significant and highly similar increases in activation for both trained and novel stimuli, especially in regions associated with the frontoparietal cognitive control network bilaterally, but also in temporal areas related to social cognition and emotional processing. Critically, this pattern of activation was notably different from the EP group. Thus, the changes in activation were consistent with the strategies trained and, combined with the cognitively-based near transfer effects, suggest that MST focused on face-name association enhances performance by engaging cognitive control and social/emotional processing. Finally, our data indicated that our MST is a relevant and efficient intervention to a-MCI." Simon 2019