Cogmed Working Memory Training
MindWell Psychology provides the Cogmed training program. Cogmed Working Memory Training is a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory. Contact us today to get information about CogMed.
The Cogmed training method consists of 25, computerized training sessions, each 30-45 minutes long (15-50 minutes for children ages 4-7). Each session consists of a selection of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training is done on a computer at home, in school, or at work. The training program is five weeks long with five sessions every week. It is a rigorous program designed to improve working memory through intensive and systematic training.
The program is challenging and rewarding, and for the best possible training effects, sustained effort is necessary. This is why there is always a Cogmed Qualified Coach involved. Cogmed has a proven track record of providing users with excellent support and results in all settings where Cogmed is available.
The complete program includes:
- Initial Interview – All Cogmed providers provide screening to determine suitable users. The likelihood of him/her benefiting from the training is evaluated.
- Start-up session – The Cogmed Coach plans and structures the training.
- Five weeks of training with weekly coach calls – The user goes through the training either at home, at school, or at work to get advice on how to get the most out of the training, hear feedback, and increase motivation
- Access to the Cogmed Training Web – Both the user and the Cogmed Coach review and monitor the results of each day’s training, using our online system.
- Wrap-up session – After the training is completed, the Cogmed Coach summarizes the training together with the user and provides feedback data from rating scales and the Cogmed Training Web.
- Six months follow-up interview – The Cogmed Coach documents training effects again, with more time elapsed and the effects fully emerged.
Frequently Asked Questions about CogMed:
Q: What is Cogmed Working Memory Training
A: Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by leading neuroscientists to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity over a 5 week training period.
Q: Who is Cogmed training for?
A: Cogmed training is for people who wish to improve their ability to concentrate and are constrained by their working memory. Cogmed users range from young children to senior adults. Some have diagnosed attention deficits, some have suffered a brain injury, some feel the deteriorating effects of normal aging, and others find they’re not doing as well as they could, academically or professionally, given their intelligence and their efforts.
Q: What is working memory and why is it important?
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. Working memory is closely correlated to fluid intelligence and is a strong indicator of academic and professional success. Poor working memory is the source of many problems related to attention and is often linked to ADHD, and other learning disabilities.
Q: What are the effects of Cogmed training?
A: Cogmed training improves attention, concentration, focus, impulse control, social skills, and complex reasoning skills by substantially and lastingly improving working memory capacity. The goal is improved performance and attentional stamina. The best way to learn about the effects is to talk to the Cogmed practice of your choice and to read the Cogmed User Stories.
Q: How do I know this will help me or my child?
A: In our research and in the practical experience of the Cogmed practices, 80% of users see measurable improvements. You should talk to the Cogmed practice of your choice to make sure your/your child’s profile is right for training. That does not mean you can be sure to get results. No intervention works for everyone. 80% is a number we are proud of, but we cannot provide guarantees in any particular case.
Q: What kind of research is behind Cogmed?
Cogmed is developed by leading neuroscientists and based on the breakthrough concept that the working memory can be improved through intensive, systematic training. Cogmed is dedicated to providing only products that are proven to be effective in rigorous research. There have been numerous studies that show Cogmed to be effective and apply the golden standard of clinical research: double-blind placebo-controlled designs. Several of the studies have been published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals. The work has been done by Cogmed’s founders and by independent teams at leading American and European universities. No other brain training product or attention training method can show this degree of research validation.
Q: Where does the training take place?
A: Cogmed training is done at the user’s home, in school or at work, using a PC running Windows. The initial interview, start-up meeting, and weekly coach calls from the Cogmed Qualified Practice can all be done over the phone. If you do not live close to a Cogmed practice, you can still do the training program over distance.
Q: Is Cogmed training a substitute for medication?
A: 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.