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Working memory is the mind's mental workspace from which information is processed for problem-solving and learning. Thus, working memory is  used for a number of things, such as:

  • reading and remembering what you read
  • remembering instructions about what to do next ( ie. keeping a recipe or driving directions in your head while following through)
  • keep all the parts of a number in your memory while you calculate it
  • problem-solving
  • performing the various steps of a task in a certain order
  • focusing on the task at hand, without being distracted by irrelevant stimuli
  • planning, organizing and structuring your daily life

Working memory has been implicated as a core problem among individuals with Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Poor working memory has also been linked to Learning Disabilities and Schizophrenia. People with acquired brain injuries, such as a traumatic brain injury, stroke, and epilepsy may also be limited by problems with working memory. Working memory capacity is also known to decline with age, contributing to difficulties with learning and daily living among older adults. 

Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based cognitive therapy for preschool aged children, school-aged children and adolescents, and adults. Working memory training is indicated by the American Academy of Pediatrics as a treatment with good research support for Attention and Hyperactive Behavior problems. The treatment is a home-based program that trains and improves working memory capacity. Research has shown that gains from Cogmed Working Memory Training translate to other functions, including  improvements in non-verbal problemsolving, impulse control, reading comprehension and mathematical problem solving. Parents have reported improved grades in their children after the training. 

The following video includes testimonials of students and professionals about Cogmed.

 

The program includes: Initial interview and evaluation, Start-up session, 5-weeks of training with weekly coach calls, Wrap-up meeting, 6-month follow-up interview, Access to the Cogmed Training Web, and optional 12-months of Cogmed Extension Training. For a demonstration of the program, see the video below. 

For information about key working memory functions across the lifespan and indicators of working memory problems at different age groups, click here.

For additional information, see the Cogmed Factsheet. The Cogmed website lists and summarizes ongoing and completed research using the Cogmed program.