malaria is an especially severe form of malaria that
affects 575,000 African children under the age of 5.
Many of the survivors suffer long-term cognitive and
behavioral impairments. Bangirana et al. (2009) tested
the effects of computerized cognitive training on the
neuropsychological and behavioral functioning of Ugandan
children who had survived cerebral malaria. Children
(mean age = 10 years) were randomly assigned to receive
8 weeks of training or no training. The training package
was Captain's Log software, which provided 15 brain
training exercises. Before and after the training period,
the children were assessed with a variety of cognitive
tests. CBCLs were completed by parents or surrogates.
The intervention group improved significantly more than
the control group on 3 of the 6 cognitive measures and
on the CBCL Internalizing scale. The other 3 cognitive
measures and the CBCL Externalizing and Total Problems
scales showed nonsignificantly better outcomes for the
intervention than the control group. The authors concluded
that "computerized cognitive rehabilitation training
interventions for children with cerebral malaria can
improve short-term neuropsychological test performance
and behavior almost 4 years after the illness"
Bangirana, P., Giordani, B., John, C.C., Page, C.,
Opoka, R.O., & Boivin, M.J. (2009). Immediate Neuropsychological
and Behavioral Benefits of Computerized Cognitive Rehabilitation
in Ugandan Pediatric Cerebral Malaria Survivors.
Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics,