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Cutting Down On “Visual Clutter” Helps the Brain Function – In Alzheimer’s Patients and You

Posted Oct 21 2012 2:00am

 

Visual clutter raises havoc with our brain’s ability to be calm, focus and follow through. Clutter stresses our brain out. Answer? – Declutter, get organized and help your brain work the best for you every moment!

ALZHEIMER’S PATIENTS AND VISUAL CLUTTER

Add brain dysfunction to the mix and it’s all the worse.

Reducing “visual clutter” could help Alzheimer’s patients with certain tasks, according to a study done at the University of Toronto and the Georgia Institute of Technology.

An example from the study cites the example of using push buttons on a phone. Because the buttons are the same size and color and only the numbers are different, this very slight visual difference poses a challenge for someone who struggles with object perception. A solution could be a phone with varying sized buttons and different colors.

The research, published in the journal Hippocampus, contributes to growing evidence that a part of the brain once believed to support memory exclusively – the medial temporal lobe – also plays a role in object perception.

The release quotes lead author Rachel Newsome as saying, “Minimizing the degree of perceptual interference improved patients’ object perception by reducing the number of visually similar features.”

Clear your clutter and support your brain health today!

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