Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Title: Executive Function Training in Childhood Obesity: Food Choice, Quality of Life, and Brain Connectivity (TOuCH): A Randomized Control Trial Protocol
Author: Sánchez Castañeda, Cristina
Luis-Ruiz, Sandra
Ramon-Krauel, Marta
Lerin, Carles
Sánchez-Garre, Consuelo
Miró, Núria
Martínez, Sònia
Garolera i Freixa, Maite
Jurado, Ma. Ángeles (María Ángeles)
Keywords: Obesitat en els infants
Diagnòstic per la imatge
Neurociència cognitiva
Assaigs clínics
Obesity in children
Diagnostic imaging
Cognitive neuroscience
Clinical trials
Issue Date: 24-Feb-2021
Publisher: Frontiers Media
Abstract: Background: Individuals with obesity are known to present cognitive deficits, especially in executive functions. Executive functions play an important role in health and success throughout the whole life and have been related to food decision-making and to the ability to maintain energy balance. It is possible to improve executive functions through targeted training. This would involve brain plasticity changes that could be studied through connectivity MRI. The general hypothesis of this study is that executive functions training in children with obesity can improve food choices and produce cognitive and neuroimaging changes (structural and functional connectivity), as well as improve emotional state and quality of life. Methods: Randomized controlled double-blind trial with 12-month follow-up. Thirty children with obesity will be randomly allocated into 'executive training' (Cognifit with adaptive difficulty + Cogmed) or 'control task' group (Cognifit without adaptive difficulty). Both groups will attend 30-45min of individual gamified training (Cogmed and/or Cognifit systems) by iPad, five times per week during 6 weeks. Cogmed and Cognifit software are commercially available from Pearson and Cognifit, respectively. Participants will receive an iPad with both apps installed for a 6-week use. Participants will also receive counseling diet information via presentations sent to the iPad and will wear a Fitbit Flex 2 tracker to monitor daily activity and sleep patterns.Main outcomes will be cognitive, emotional, food decision, and quality-of-life measures, as well as neuroimaging measures. Participants are evaluated at baseline (T0), after treatment (T1), and 12 months since baseline (T2). Discussion: Longitudinal study with active control group and 3 time points: baseline, immediately after treatment, and 1 year after baseline. Threefold treatment: executive function training, psychoeducation, and feedback on activity/sleep tracking. We will evaluate the transfer effects of the intervention, including emotional and functional outcomes, as well as the effects on neural plasticity by connectivity MRI.
Note: Reproducció del document publicat a:
It is part of: Frontiers in Pediatrics, 2021, vol. 9, p. 551869
Related resource:
ISSN: 2296-2360
Appears in Collections:Articles publicats en revistes (Psicologia Clínica i Psicobiologia)

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
707457.pdf2.49 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons