Gerald Voelbel: Gamming, Cognitive Rehabilitation and Harnessing Neuroplasticity @ CREATE Lab, 196 Mercer St., 8th Floor

10/21/2014 12:30 pm – 10/21/2014 Gamming, Cognitive Rehabilitation and Harnessing Neuroplasticity Gerald Voelbel, Department of Occupational Therapy, New York University There is a growing body of evidence that the properties of computerized gaming can be used for cognitive enrichment and rehabilitation in the aging, psychiatric and neurological populations. Computerized training of specific cognitive abilities in a bottom-up approach can improve higher order cognitive abilities. Auditory processing training improves auditory processing speed, verbal working memory, and verbal memory in adults with a traumatic brain injury. The effects of the cognitive training produce neuroplastic changes within the brain. About the presenter: Gerald Voelbel is an Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy. His main research interests focus on the neuropsychological deficits in neurological and psychiatric populations. An area of significant importance for Dr. Voelbel is the development of cognitive remediation techniques to improve cognitive deficits, such as processing speed, executive function and working memory in individuals with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Voelbel investigates the remediation of the cognitive deficits as they relate to performing everyday tasks and psychological problems.