Friday, September 9, 2011

Memory and Cognition conference in New York City

The cognitive effects of plant polysaccharides (Ambrotose® complex) presented at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition conference in New York City.
September 1, 2011

Dr. Talitha Best, post-doctoral research fellow at the Nutritional Physiology Research Centre, University of South Australia, and the Brain Sciences Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, recently convened and chaired a symposium entitled “Eating behaviour from a cognitive experimental perspective” at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition’s (SARMAC) ninth international conference, which met June 27-30, 2011 in New York City. Scientists participating in Dr. Best’s symposium presented experimental findings from numerous studies that demonstrated the bi-directional relationship between eating behaviour and cognition. These studies explored the diverse and complex cognitive processes that are involved in, and affected by, eating behaviour and dietary interventions. Specific dietary interventions under investigation included glucose, tea and plant-polysaccharides (Ambrotose® complex). Dr. Best presented the results of a study that she recently conducted with Australian colleagues on Ambrotose complex. This human, double-blind, placebo-controlled study, which evaluated the effects of Ambrotose complex powder on mood, memory and cognitive tasks, showed for the first time that improvements in cognitive task performance were independent of blood glucose responses.*†

The purpose of the SARMAC Conference is to advance memory and cognition science by bringing together international experts actively engaged in research. Participants were treated to keynote addresses from leaders in memory and cognition research who explored a variety of important issues, including the need for researchers to systematically document unpublished scientific findings.

* This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
† Mannatech, Incorporated provided partial funding and provided the Ambrotose supplement and placebo used in this study.

Best, T., Howe, P., Bryan, J., Scholey, A., & Buckley, J. (2011). Effects of a plant polysaccharide supplement on memory and cognition. Presented at the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition's 9th International Conference in New York, New York, June 27-30, 2011.

Watch her talk on Cognitive Studies by Dr. Talitha Best

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