May 152012

Amit Lampit
Amit is a Postdoctoral Research Associate and leads the Regenerative Neuroscience Group’s cognitive lifestyle and human research program. His research interests are cognitive training across the lifespan, prevention of ageing-related cognitive decline, neuroimaging and advanced meta-analytic techniques.

Amit’s cognitive training career begun more than a decade ago, first with children with ADHD and later with university students and young professionals. In 2009, Amit conducted the first study to show that cognitive training can transfer to improvements in the performance of bookkeeping tasks in young adults.

He moved to Australia in 2011 to join the group’s Timecourse of Cognitive Training trial. The trial found that cognitive training can improve global cognition in older adults at risk of dementia, and characterised the dose-repsonsiveness curves of cognitive effects up to one year post training. He received a PhD from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Medicine in 2014.

His current projects include several trials of cognitive training in old and young adults, a pilot study of indoor spatial tracking to detect functional decline in the ‘older-old’, as well as a number of neuroimaging studies and meta-analyses. He was the leading author of an influential meta-analysis of the field, which found that computerised cognitive training (‘brain training’) is efficacious on cognition in healthy older adults, but training must be conducted in group format and no more than three times per week.

Amit is an avid cyclist, hummus fanatic and a metalhead.



  1. Amit Lampit, Michael Valenzuela, Nicola J Gates (in press). Computerized cognitive training is beneficial for older adults. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
  2. Amit Lampit, Michael Valenzuela, Nicola J Gates (in press). Reply to Ratner & Atkinson. Journal of American Geriatrics Society
  3. Amit Lampit, Shantel L Duffy, Michael Valenzuela (in press). Translating physical activity into a therapy for the mind: How does it work? In LC. Lam & M. Riba (Eds.), Physical Exercise Interventions for Mental Health. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.  
  4. Isabella HK Leung, Courtney C Walton, Harry Hallock, Simon Lewis, Michael Valenzuela, Amit Lampit (2015). Cognitive training in Parkinson’s disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Neurology 85:18431851.  
  5. Amit Lampit, Michael Valenzuela (2015). Pointing the FINGER at multimodal dementia prevention. The Lancet 386:1625-6. 
  6. Anne Masi, Amit Lampit, Nicholas Glozier, Ian Hickie, Adam Guastella (2015). Predictors of placebo response in pharmacological and dietary supplement treatment trials in pediatric autism spectrum disorder: a meta-analysis. Translational Psychiatry 5:e640.
  7. Amit Lampit, Harry Hallock, Chao Suo, Sharon L Naismith, Michael Valenzuela (2015). Cognitive training-induced short-term functional and long-term structural plastic change is related to gains in global cognition in healthy older adults: A pilot study. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 7:14.
  8. Amit Lampit, Harry Hallock, Michael Valenzuela (2014). Computerized Cognitive Training in Cognitively Healthy Older Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Effect Modifiers. PLoS Medicine 11(11): e1001756.
  9. Amit Lampit, Harry Hallock, Rebacca Moss, Sindy Kwok, Michael Rosser, Matthew Lukjanenko, Alana Kohn, Sharon Naismith, Henry Brodaty, Michael Valenzuela (2014). The timecourse of global cognitive gains from supervised computer-assisted cognitive training: a randomised, active-controlled trial in elderly with multiple dementia risk factors. Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease 1(1):33-39
  10. Amit Lampit, Claus Ebster, Michael Valenzuela (2014). Multi-domain computerized cognitive training program improves performance of bookkeeping tasks: a matched-sampling active-controlled trial. Frontiers in Psychology 5: 794