Cogmed Working Memory Training 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.
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. Poor working memory is the source of many problems related to attention and is often linked to ADHD and other learning disabilities
Yes, research and clinical experience show that the effects of Cogmed Training last after training. Once working memory capacity increases, you naturally continue to use it at its new level, which serves as constant maintenance training. Each Cogmed user also has access to optional Cogmed Extension Training at no extra cost.
Cogmed training is not typically covered by insurance as it is considered an educational intervention.
In research and in the practical experience of the Cogmed practices, 80% of users see measurable improvements.
There have been numerous studies that show Cogmed to be effective and apply the golden standard of clinical research: double-blind placebo-controlled designs. Many of the studies have been published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals. No other brain training product or attention training method can show this degree of research validation.
Cogmed training is done at the user’s home, in school, or at work. The program is web-based and compatible on any computer that supports flash. The initial interview and start-up meeting are scheduled in the office, and weekly coach calls from the Cogmed Qualified Practice can all be done over the phone.
No, it is not. In the case of users on ADHD medication, Cogmed training is a complementary intervention. Stimulant medication and Cogmed training impact the brain in different ways. Medications will have effects that Cogmed training does not, particularly regarding hyperactivity. Cogmed training will also, in many cases, have effects that cannot be achieved by medication only.
You can find out more about Cogmed from this fact sheet.