Study: Reasoning Training May Help Bipolar Disorder

The study involved 27 people who received two hours of training a week for four weeks.


Strategy-based reasoning training could improve brain health in persons who have bipolar disorder, according to a new study from the Center for BrainHealth at UT Dallas.

Researchers discovered that persons with bipolar disorder experienced increased brain flow in the prefrontal cortex after finishing a strategy-based reasoning training. Their research was published in Frontiers in Psychology.

The paper said that participants in the study also experienced significant gains in executive function and memory following the training, UT Dallas said in a release.

“Mood fluctuations are the most common symptoms of bipolar disorder and are often effectively managed with medications. In contrast, cognitive deficits, which are also very common in the disorder, are rarely addressed,” Erin Venza, study lead author and clinician at the Center for BrainHealth, said in a release. 

“This study offers preliminary evidence that those with psychiatric disorders may receive added benefit from combined interventions, such as medications and strategy-based reasoning training,” she said.

The study involved 27 people, ages 21 to 70, who were diagnosed with bipolar I and II, who had been stable on medication for three month, the release said.

The strategy-based reasoning training took place for two hours a week for four weeks.

Find out more about the research here.

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