The ABCs of Cogmed: Improve Attention, Behavior, and Capacity to Learn
Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT), an adaptive computer based training program, has been repeatedly demonstrated in scientific studies over past 20 years to be effective in improving working memory capacity as well as a host of related skills. CWMT produces lasting changes in working memory capacity in individuals ranging from preschool to late adulthood, leading to improvements in focused attention, impulse regulation (i.e. behavior), and capacity to learn (e.g. reading and math). For additional information, read Cogmed Working Memory Training Claims and Evidence at http://www.cogmed.com/wp-content/uploads/CogmedClaimsEvidence.pdf. This publication includes references to 86 published peer review studies and meta-analyses demonstrating the effects of CWMT.
The Neuroscience of Cogmed Working Memory Training
A recent study published in the Journal of Neuroscience found that CWMT produced changes inattentional networks in the brain (i.e. frontopariental attention network). The stronger and more efficient connections (i.e white matter) in these networks was found to be one of the mechanisms underlying improvements in attention and working memory capacity following CWMT. You can read the full study in the Journal of Neuroscience at http://www.jneurosci.org/content/36/14/4056.full.
About The Author
Dr. Bylund is an experienced educational psychologist in the Bay Area with specialized training in neuropsychological assessment and intervention. Areas of specialization include dyslexia, ADHD, executive functioning, neurocognitive training, and mindfulness based interventions.