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Dipl.-Psych. Anestis Ioannidis


Ioannidis G Anestis Ioannidis - Dipl.-Psychologe

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Influence of combined physical and cognitive training on cognitive status

There is plenty of evidence that the relationship between mental and physical health influences physical wellbeing. It has been shownthat cognitive rehabilitation results in improved physical performance (Lautenschläger, 2008; Hillman, 2008). There is, however, evidence supporting a reverse relationship too. It seems that mild physical training exerts a positive influence on cognition. Same results are described by authors who investigated the effects of dual or multi tasking as well as video-games playing on cognitive abilities (Anguera et al., 2013; Enriquez-Geppert, Huster& Herrmann, 2013). The aforementioned evidence, however, is until now in no review paper reported. Purpose of this study is, therefore, to present in a review article what is the influence of physical exercise combined with cognitive training on cognitive abilities. Theimportance of this effort lays in its clinical implications, including the opportunity to improve cognitive rehabilitation strategies.

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  • Hillman, C. H., Erickson, K. I. & Kramer, A. F. (2008). Be smart, exercise your heart: exercise effects on brain and cognition. Nature Rev. Neurosci, 9, 58–65.
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2008 End of Graduate (BSc)studiesin Psychology, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
2006 - 2011

Clinical practice as an intern psychologist in neurological and psychiatric clinics of University or General Hospitals: Duties include conducting neuropsychological assessment. Also, practice as a military psychologist during my army service: Duties include conducting clinical interview and personality tests

2012 End of Postgraduate (MSc) studies in Cognitive Psychology and Neuropsychology, School of Psychology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
2007 - 2013 Research trainee and/or research assistant in scientific projects focusing either on Clinical Neuropsychology topics, such as the relation between cognitive deficits of neurological patients (Dementia, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke, etc) and behaviour, or Biological Psychology topics, such as animal models
2010 - 2013 Lecturer at AKMI Metropolitan College (AMC), Thessaloniki, Greece. Modules that I instructed: “Introduction to Psychology”, “Cognitive Psychology”, “Biopsychology”, “Neurobiological Foundations of Communication”, “Neurology”, seminars of Clinical and Health Psychology for the module “Skills for academic learning and patient-centred practice”, seminars for the module “Academic Writing”, seminars for the use of the SPSS software for statistical analyses in social sciences
3/2013 - 1/2014 Research assistant at the European project “BIOMARKAPD" in the Memory Clinic of the General Hospital of Thessaloniki “G. Papanikolaou"
since 2/2014 Member of the NAR Kolleg, University of Heidelberg















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