Document Type



Master of Science (MS)


Speech-Language Pathology

First Advisor's Name

Dr. Hough

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Dr. Ramos

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Dr. Ardila

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


Memory, Processing Speed, Cognitive Exercise, Brain Games, Geriatric

Date of Defense



The purpose of the current study was to investigate, and expain, the effects of an intervention known as “The Five Task Approach” (TFTA); a cognitive intervention hereby utilized within the realm of the geriatric population, as a means of taxing and strengthening cortical areas associated with memory, and visual processing. This study revealed that even short-term exposure to cognitive activities, and therapeutic cueing known to tax areas connected to visual perception, may have an effect on one’s global cognition, generalized memory, and the accuracy of one’s visual perception. It was demonstrated that even brief cognitive intervention geared at taxing cortical areas associated with memory and visual processing, in conjunction with the therapuetic cueing utilized in this study, has the potential to significantly increase participant performance in terms of global cognitive function, including skills associated with executive functioning, working memory, visual processing, visual processing speed, auditory processing, and global cognitive status.





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