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Memory Rehabilitation by Means of Working Memory Training in Combination With a Recollection Training

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : June 3, 2016
Last Update Posted : October 18, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kim Merle Richter, University of Oldenburg

Brief Summary:
Memory deficits after brain damage are common and there is still a need for evaluated therapy methods. In this study we compare two therapeutic interventions and investigate whether therapy effects can be found on neuropsychological tests and on a test measuring memory in everyday life.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Memory Deficits Behavioral: Standard Therapy Behavioral: Experimental Intervention Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
In the interventiongroup a computerbased working memory training is combined with a recollection training (repitition-lag procedure). The patients in the active control group undergo the standard memory therapy that is normally provided in the rehabilitation centre (with a focus on the acquisition and execution of different memory strategies, e.g. the spaced retrieval method). The patients in both groups are tested on different neuropsychological tests before and after nine hours of therapy. Additionally, a test is conducted that assesses memory in everyday life.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 36 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double (Participant, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Memory Rehabilitation by Means of Working Memory Training in Combination
Study Start Date : November 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : October 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : October 2016

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: Standard Therapy
Learning and practicing memory strategies
Behavioral: Standard Therapy
Learning and practicing Memory strategies

Experimental: Experimental Intervention
Computerbased working memory training and Recollection training
Behavioral: Experimental Intervention
Computerbased Working Memory Training in Combination with a Recollection Training

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Test to assess change in memory performance in everyday life [ Time Frame: baseline and 9 hours ]
    The test includes different single tasks that measure memory in everyday life e.g. Story recall (Subtest 6 from the Rivermead Behavioral Memory Test) Outcome measure: Total number of points

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Outcome change in different neuropsychological tests [ Time Frame: baseline and 9 hours ]
    Tests for verbal memory, working memory, prospective memory, attention and word fluency (Composite scores built from raw scores)

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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • brain injury
  • memory deficits (performance below average in the California Verbal Learning Test in learning trial 1 or 5, sfr or lfr)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe amnesia (less than 2 words in sfr of the CVLT), dementia, sensory or motor aphasia, impaired vision, insufficient German language skills, lack of patient's consent

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02790151

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Rehabilitationszentrum GmbH
Oldenburg, Deutschland, Germany, 26131
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oldenburg
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Study Director: Helmut Hildebrandt, Prof. Dr. Universität Oldenburg
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Kim Merle Richter, MSc Psychologie, University of Oldenburg Identifier: NCT02790151    
Other Study ID Numbers: UOLDENBURG
First Posted: June 3, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 18, 2016
Last Verified: October 2016
Keywords provided by Kim Merle Richter, University of Oldenburg:
working memory, recollection training, transfer
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Memory Disorders
Neurobehavioral Manifestations
Neurologic Manifestations
Nervous System Diseases