Preschoolers: Cogmed improves working memory and behaviour
A gold standard random control study found that preschoolers who used Cogmed improved their verbal working memory, visuo-spatial working memory and behavioural self-regulation, allowing them to benefit more from classroom instruction.
In this research study, teachers ran working memory programs with their students. 72 students aged 8 – 11 years participated, and were selected for the study based on low academic performance. They were matched with a control group of 50 children. The children who participated in working memory programs improved significantly in working memory tasks, and training was associated with significantly greater progress at school across the academic year in maths and English. These findings indicate that Cogmed training leads to generalised and robust gains in working memory and educationally significant gains in academic performance.
Adults: Cogmed creates lasting improvements in working memory, attention and cognitive functioning
In this gold standard random control double-blind research study, adults aged 20 to 70 years improved on visuo-spatial working memory and verbal working memory, sustained attention and self report of cognitive functioning. The improvements were maintained at 3 month follow-up.
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