What is working memory?
Working memory is an essential cognitive function necessary for a wide-range of tasks related to attention and focus. It is the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking. It is central to concentration, problem solving, and impulse control.
What is the Cogmed Working Memory Training Program?
The Cogmed Working Memory Training Program is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by neuroscientists to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity over a 5 week training period. Cogmed training is for people who wish to improve their ability to concentrate and are constrained by their working memory. Cogmed users range from preschoolers to senior adults. The research has shown that working memory can be improved through intensive, systematic training.
Does Cogmed work?
Research and clinical experience show that the effects of Cogmed Training last after training. There is a snowball effect, such that once the working memory capacity increases, the individual continues to use it at its new level, which constantly reinforces the changes. Research suggests that 80% of users see measurable improvements! Numerous studies have shown Cogmed to be effective using the gold standard of research (e.g., double-blind placebo-controlled designs; published in peer-reviewed scientific journals; independent research teams). No other brain training product or attention training method can show this degree of research validation.
What is involved in completing the Cogmed Program at Child and Family Development?
The first step is to have a parent meeting with Joy Granetz, Ph.D. to make sure that the individual‚Äôs profile is good for training. Dr. Granetz works out of the Pineville office. If the individual is deemed a good candidate for Cogmed, the next step is to schedule a Start-Up Session, during which the software is explained and provided. Cogmed training is done in the home. The program is web-based and compatible on any computer that supports flash. Dr. Granetz will check in weekly over the 5-week training. A Wrap-Up session will follow shortly after the program is completed, as well as a 6-month Follow Up meeting. Each Cogmed user also has access to optional Cogmed Extension Training at no extra cost. In the event that you do not live in the area, the initial interview, start-up meeting, and weekly coach calls may be done over the phone.
Visit their website to learn more and enroll in a free webinar at www.cogmed.com.