Working Memory Training

Working Memory is the Search Engine of the Brain

Working memory is the ability of the brain to store and manipulate information for short periods of time. Working Memory allows you to focus on tasks and solve problems. It’s similar to RAM in a computer — the more RAM, the better the computer functions. When our working memory is improved, so is our ability to concentrate and to pay attention.

Millions of adults struggle with attention problems. This may be the result of a working memory that was poorly developed in childhood and not strengthened during the early years of adulthood. Or it could be the result of a brain injury or simply part of the aging process.

Children, too, have attention problems. When things get hard, they zone out. Often they simply can’t pay attention no matter what’s going on. Parents of such children wonder if they have ADD or AD/HD. Or if they will grow out of the problem. The truth is that most children with an attention problem also have a working memory deficit. The clues of working memory deficit may present as:

  • Concentration for sustained periods of time, like reading a book
  • Understanding what you read
  • Following instructions, directions, or recipes
  • Tracking and prioritizing several tasks
  • Sitting still while you work then your working memory may need to be strengthened.

Working memory can be improved. When it is, people perform better at work or school and in all their day-to-day tasks. Research and clinical evidence support that 80% of those who complete our home-based training program show sustained, long-term success.

Cogmed Research

Studies consistently show that most people with attention deficits have a working memory deficit. That holds true for attention problems due to ADHD, traumatic brain injury or normal aging. It is also true for milder concentration problems. Research also shows that deficits in working memory are related to poor academic or professional performance. Take a look at the research – you’ll be impressed!

Try On Cogmed

Go to my.cogmed.com and click “Try On Cogmed.”

Choose one of the following:

  • Cogmed JM for Preschoolers
  • Cogmed RM for School Ages
  • Cogmed QM for Adults

Try out the exercises. They are both fun and challenging!

 

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