CogMed Attention & Working Memory Training

WHAT IS COGMED ATTENTION & WORKING MEMORY TRAINING?

Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based program for helping children, adolescents, and adults sustainably improve attention by training their working memory.

The program is based on strong scientific research, is delivered under the supervision of a Cogmed Qualified Coach, and can be done either in the convenience of the client’s home or at a designated healthcare facility.

The complete program includes:

• Initial interview
• Start-up session
• Five weeks of training with weekly coach calls
• Wrap-up meeting
• Six month follow-up interview
• Access to the Cogmed Training Web
• Cogmed Extension Training (12 months)

Provided by a national network of attention specialists, all qualified by Cogmed.

Computer-based training, using a PC at home or at a designated healthcare facility.

Software adjusts complexity level for each exercise, in real time, for maximized training effect.

25 training sessions of 30-40 minutes each, done over 5 weeks.

Supported by a Cogmed Coach who tracks results, and gives support and motivation.

User/family sets the training schedule with the Cogmed Coach, with plenty of flexibility.

Cogmed Training Web gives all users online access to their own training results and progress status.

Cogmed Extension Training allows the user to further sharpen the acquired capacity and to verify how the results hold over time.

COGMED PROGRAMS

Cogmed Working Memory Training is built around three easy-to-use and age-specific program applications.

Cogmed JM – Pre-school

Younger children use their working memory for a number of things, such as focusing on and following instructions, and remaining seated to complete independent activities.

Cogmed RM – School age

Working memory is crucial for children and adolescents in school and socially. Reading, solving math problems, planning, and following a conversation all rely on working memory.

Cogmed QM – Adult

Working memory in adult and professional life is critical for challenges such as planning, focusing, resisting distraction, and meeting deadlines.

RESEARCH

Studies consistently show people with attention deficits have a working memory deficit. That holds true for attention problems due to ADHD, aging, or general deficits from working memory overload; it is also true for milder concentration problems.

…Working memory in adult and professional life is critical…

Research also shows that deficits in working memory are related to poor academic or professional performance. Conversely, strong working memory capacity is closely correlated with fluid intelligence.

A substantial and growing body of work documents the efficacy of Cogmed Working Memory Training. Most
notably, Klingberg’s 2005 study on school age children with ADHD showed it to be effective in a placebo-controlled, multi-center trial.

There were statistically and clinically significant treatment effects on non-trained measures of working memory, response inhibition and complex reasoning.

Substantial and lasting reduction of attention problems following training-induced working memory improvements is a research breakthrough.

Leading American and European research teams have now replicated the research using Cogmed products and protocol. They have presented results at several research conferences.

BENEFITS

Working memory is critical for focusing, appropriately shutting out distractions, and for complex thinking. Improved working memory capacity generalizes to improved attention, and impulse control. 8 of 10 users who complete training show measurable effects.

Children

Research and clinical data show improved grades following Cogmed training. Parents and teachers also report improved social skills, taking initiative, remembering instructions, and completing assignments more independently.

The objective is better academic results, particularly in reading comprehension and math.

Adults

By training your working memory you will be better able to stay focused, ignore distractions, plan
instructions, and start and finish tasks.

The objective is better professional performance and attentional stamina.

Cogmed solutions help consumers, professionals, and schools address attention problems

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory.

We combine cognitive neuroscience with innovative computer game design and close professional support to deliver substantial and lasting benefits to our users. Our solutions include easy-to-use software and personal support.

Cogmed Training Method

Unique Cogmed coaching model ensures 90% completion rate

The Cogmed training method consists of 25 training sessions done online, each 30-45 minutes long (variations to that protocol are now available in beta). Each session consists of a selection of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training is done online at home, in school, or at work. The standard program is five weeks long with five sessions every week, again now with variations available in beta. It is a rigorous program designed to improve working memory through intensive and systematic training.

The training is available through professional channels around the world. The training is always led by a Cogmed Qualified Coach who works with the user to provide structure, motivation, and feedback on the progress.

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.
  • 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

How it Works

There is no mystery behind Cogmed training effects – this is how it works

The Cogmed program delivers substantial and lasting benefits. There is a straightforward and research-based explanation for the mechanisms delivering the effects.

Very focused design – working memory improvement

The program challenges the user’s working memory capacity. The computerized, cognitive exercises are designed by neuroscientists to target this key cognitive function that has been proven to be fundamental to executive function and attention. The details of the exercise design allow the program to be very focused and yet provide slight variations.

Finely tuned difficulty level – you are always challenged

The difficulty level of the training is adjusted in real time by the software based on the user’s performance. The highly fine-tuned calibration means that every Cogmed user will always be training at the very edge of his or her cognitive capacity. This is true for many people, from a young child with severely impaired capacity, to an adult in good cognitive shape. Whoever you are, Cogmed training will challenge your brain – and improve it.

Highly personal support ensures you will complete the training

The program is carefully designed, rigorous, and focused on a key cognitive function. But to have strong real life effects, it also has to be used in the right way. This is why Cogmed training is always supported by a Cogmed-trained coach. The coach makes sure the user has the right profile for the training, and that the timing is right. The coach is responsible for providing the motivation, support, and feedback necessary to get the most out the training. Thanks to the Cogmed coaches, 90% of Cogmed users complete their training.

The improved working memory “generalizes” to behavior

This is the research breakthrough that created and propels Cogmed. When you improve your working memory capacity, the change generalizes to your behavior. In other words, the change is translated to other things than just working memory. The research breakthrough is that by training a tightly defined cognitive function you create a cascading effect of improvements. You will be better able to pay attention, resist distractions, self-manage, and learn.

You should not just take our word for this; review the research behind Cogmed and talk to one of the highly experienced professionals who use Cogmed to help their clients prepare for success. Ask the hard questions and find out for yourself how it works.

Working memory capacity determines your cognitive performance. Cogmed training improves your working memory. Your strengthened working memory allows you to perform better. The training creates the cognitive foundation you need to prepare for success.

How is Cogmed Different

Many products are marketed aggressively to people who struggle with attention, but Cogmed’s solutions stand out – learn how

  • This is fundamental cognitive training, not skills learning: 
    Cogmed does not teach you new skills. We help you create a platform
    for learning skills. The concept of neuroplasticity, the idea that the
    brain can reorganize itself and change, is what allows Cogmed to effectively change the way the brain functions to perform at its maximum capacity. There are many training programs for various skills such as reading, math, or time management. Cogmed acts on a different, more fundamental level. Once your working memory has improved, you will find that acquiring new skills is suddenly much more doable for you.
  • Focused solution, substantial benefits: Cogmed is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Cogmed is a solution that improves working memory allowing you to focus and resist distractions better. This will help you academically, socially, and professionally. Other companies make wide claims, but are vague about the specifics of what is being improved. Cogmed’s approach is specific and effective.
  • Solid research: Cogmed is based on peer-reviewed, published research by leading scientists. No other attention training products can match the research case behind Cogmed.
  • Professional service: When you decide to invest in Cogmed training, a Cogmed-trained coach will support you throughout your training. This is not a product – it is a high quality service. You will be helped to get the most out of your effort

How is Cogmed different from other cognitive training programs?

As recognition that intensive training can improve important cognitive functions like attention and working memory has increased, so has the number of cognitive training programs available to choose from.
How does Cogmed Working Memory Training differ from many of these other options? Here are some key factors:

1. Cogmed Working Memory Training was developed by a world-renowned neuroscientist.

Our program was developed by Dr. Torkel Klingberg, a neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden who has received wide spread recognition for his work. You can learn about Dr. Klingberg and his work by visiting his lab web site at www.klingberglab.se.

Dr. Klingberg remains actively involved with Cogmed helping us to further refine and develop the program and conducting ongoing research on its impact.

2. Cogmed Working Memory Training is supported by more published research than any other cognitive training program.

No other cognitive training program has the level of research support that backs Cogmed Working Memory Training.

Research supporting Cogmed’s program has been published in the world’s leading scientific journals after undergoing a rigorous peer-review process. Published studies include several randomized, placebo-controlled trials, a type of study considered the gold standard for evaluating treatment effectiveness.
Independent research groups that have no affiliation to Cogmed have also demonstrated the value of Cogmed’s program. No other program can make this claim.

You can review the existing research base on Cogmed here.

3. Cogmed Working Memory Training is only provided through a network of highly experienced physicians and psychologists.

The physicians and psychologists we select to offer our program are highly experienced in assisting children and adults with attention and working memory challenge. These highly experienced clinicians can identify when Cogmed Working Memory Training is an appropriate treatment option and provide a full range of evaluation and treatment services when it is not.

Many of our partner clinicians are leaders in their community for the treatment of ADHD and learning problems. Several have been elected to the CHADD Hall of Fame. CHADD is the national support organization for children and adults with ADHD and recognize scientists and clinicians whose contribution to the ADHD field warrants this honor.

You can find a complete listing of professionals who offer Cogmed Working Memory Training here

4. Cogmed Working Memory Training is the only cognitive training program to focus exclusively on training working memory, a critically important cognitive function.

Working memory is our ability to hold information in mind and to use that information in our thinking to perform tasks. It is essential for attention and focus and plays a critical role in children’s academic achievement.

Rather than training a wide array of abilities, the entire Cogmed program is focused on training this critical cognitive function. As noted above, the existing research indicates that this intensive focus is associated with meaningful improvements.

5. Cogmed does not make extravagant claims.

You will never hear Cogmed making claims about curing ADHD or eliminating working memory problems. You will not hear us say that it works for everyone because it does not. The claims we make are ones that are supported by the published research and by the results obtained by professionals around the world who use our program.

Based on this research and experience, we can confidently state that approximately 80% of individuals with attention and working memory problems who complete Cogmed training will experience meaningful benefits

If you would like to find out more about our CogMed program, or any of the other services described on this page, then please click here to visit our dedicated website.