Working memory is the cognitive, or brain function responsible for keeping information in your memory whilst doing something with it. For example doing mental arithmetic or remembering directions or a phone number. 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 is 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 Working Memory Training is a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory which can be applied in various types of settings. Cogmed combines cognitive neuroscience with computer game design coupled with professional support.
The Cogmed training method consists of 25 online training sessions lasting 30-45 minutes, consisting of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training can be done online at home, in school, or at work. The standard 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. As a Cogmed Qualified Centre , we would work with you to provide structure, motivation, and feedback on your progress.
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.