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Yael Goverover, PhD

New York University

New York, NY

NMSS Area: New York City

Award: Research Grant

Term/Amount: 9/1/04-8/31/07; $109,979

Improving learning and memory for functional activities in multiple sclerosisTesting techniques to optimize the learning of tasks in persons with MS who have cognitive impairment.

 

Memory impairment is a fairly common symptom of MS. Some studies suggest that memory problems in MS may be related to difficulty in learning new information.

 

Yael Goverover, MD, is testing two learning techniques to determine if they can improve performance of everyday tasks in individuals with MS. One experiment compares the “generation effect,” a strategy in which items such as words are self-generated, versus learning items that are merely read or heard, by having participants learn a cooking and financial management task.

 

Another experiment compares the “spacing effect,” in which items are presented over a period of time, versus presenting items consecutively or all at once, by having participants complete three tasks learning a paragraph, taking directions, and learning a route.

 

These studies should provide useful information about applying learning strategies to real-life tasks and may ultimately help people with MS to maintain their current lifestyles at home, at work, and in the community.