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Studies from Sheffield Hallam University Have Provided New Information about Behavioral Neuroscience (Improvement In Cognition Following Double-blind Randomized Micronutrient Interventions In the General Population)

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2019 JUN 21 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Daily -- Current study results on Neuroscience - Behavioral Neuroscience have been published. According to news reporting originating in Sheffield, United Kingdom, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, “The impact of poor nutrition on physiological health is well understood (Costarelli et al., 2013). Less is known about the effects of diet on brain function and cognition in the general population (Ames, 2010; Parletta et al., 2013; White et al., 2017) and we are still in the early stages of understanding the role of specific nutrients to normal and pathological neuronal functioning.”

Financial support for this research came from HEFCE internal funding stream and PhD bursary.

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Sheffield Hallam University, “In the present study, the putative effect of a multivitamin/mineral or vitamin D supplement on cognitive function over an 8-week period was compared with volunteers taking vitamin C. Healthy adults (N = 60) were recruited, age range 21-59 years ((x) over bar = 39.07 years, SD = 11.46), with participants randomly allocated to conditions in a double-blind protocol. Participants also completed a 14-day food diary to gather information on micronutrient intake. The cognitive test battery included measures from the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale-III (WAIS-III; Wechsler et al., 2008), Wechsler Memory Scale-IV (WMS-IV; Wechsler, 2009) and Delis-Kaplan Executive Function System (D-KEFS; Delis et al., 2001), along with the Doors and People (Baddeley et al., 1994) and a serial reaction time task. Analyses showed better performance on some tasks in all groups following the intervention period, notably on measures of verbal and visual memory and visuomotor processing speed. The Multivitamin group showed significant improvements on tasks of visual strategy generation (along with the Vitamin C group), motor planning, explicit and implicit learning, and working memory.”

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: “This evidence suggests that sub-optimal micronutrient intake may have a negative effect on cognition across the lifespan.”

For more information on this research see: Improvement In Cognition Following Double-blind Randomized Micronutrient Interventions In the General Population. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 2019;13():. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience can be contacted at: Frontiers Media Sa, Avenue Du Tribunal Federal 34, Lausanne, Ch-1015, Switzerland.

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R.J. Denniss, Sheffield Hallam University, Ctr Behav Sci & Appl Psychol, Dept. of Psychology Sociology & Political, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom. Additional authors for this research include L.A. Barker and C.J. Day.

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