Cogmed Working Memory Training: The search engine of the mind
Working memory is the cognitive function responsible for keeping information online, manipulating it, and using it in your thinking. It is the way that you delegate the things you encounter to the parts of your brain that can take action. In this way, working memory is necessary for staying focused on a task, blocking out distractions, and keeping you updated and aware about what’s going on around you.
We use our working memory constantly in daily life helping us to perform efficiently and effectively in academic, professional, and social settings. Cogmed exists to help you improve your working memory to be better equipped to meet your challenges.
Research on the Cogmed program supports the following claims:
Use of the Cogmed program leads to sustained improvements in working memory, from childhood to adulthood, as seen in a) preschoolers b) children and adolescents c) adults and elderly adults.
Use of the Cogmed program leads to sustained improvements in attention seen in both a) subjective measures of attention b) and objective measures of attention.
Improvements in working memory following use of the Cogmed program are associated with changes in functional brain activity a) seen as changes in the neurochemistry, functional activity related to working memory, and functional connectivity at rest.
Learning outcomes in reading and math improves for many underperforming students following use of the Cogmed program.
In clinical trials, use of the Cogmed program has been shown to improve attentional problems in many with ADHD a) as evident in rating scales b) or measured with objective measures.
Adult Cogmed users report improved functioning in daily life.
Working memory is crucial for…
Indicators that a working memory needs exercise
Learning the alphabet
Focusing on short instructions such as “Come brush your teeth”
Remaining seated to complete independent activities, such as puzzles
Seems unwilling or unable to learn alphabet, numbers
Can’t focus long enough to grasp and follow instructions
Flits from one thing to another
Reading and understanding the content (reading comprehension)
Interacting and responding appropriately in peer activities such as playing on the school ground
Reads (decodes) but does not understand or remember material read
Problems memorizing math facts
Difficulty participating in group activities (e.g. awaiting turn); makes friends but cannot keep them
Doing homework independently
Planning and packing for an activity
Solving multi-step math problems, especially word problems
Participating in team sports
Does not begin or persist with homework without supervision
Packs but forgets items essential for activity
Reads the problem but can’t break it into understandable parts
Problems grasping rules of a game, functioning as a “team player”
Getting a driver’s license – and driving safely
Understanding social cues, responding to demands of a social situation
Writing essays, reports
Problems with spatial awareness, reading and following traffic cues
Interrupts, talks excessively, doesn’t listen to others
Essays and reports are short, sloppy, and disorganized
Focusing on and following a conversation
Making and adhering to work plans, such as studying for an exam successfully
Participating in group activities in school and socially
Sustaining focus and interest throughout lectures
Changes topics suddenly, makes irrelevant comments
Procrastinates, then tries to “cram” the night before an exam
Doesn’t listen or participate during group activities
Falls asleep or “zones out” during lectures
Getting to work on time
Meeting deadlines at work
Prioritizing multiple activities
Handling conflicts within the family
Frequently late to work
Often underestimates time required for a task
Has problems breaking a project into manageable steps
Often loses temper with children and spouse
Actively participate in group discussions
Being able to perform what you are planning to do
Organizing your materials and activities
Managing important financial transactions
Losing track of the topic in a conversation
Misplacing things like glasses, mobile phone, keys, etc