Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based computer program for helping children, adolescents, and adults sustainably improve attention by training their working memory.
Working memory involves keeping information in your mind for a short time, focusing on a task and remembering what to do next. We use working memory almost constantly in daily life. Working memory is a pathway to several other mental skills, such as memory, concentration, and reasoning.
Dr. Cole had been trained and qualified to use Cogmed since 2012. He uses it only with adults and has trained people who have ADD/ADHD, post-concussion or head injury, “chemo-fog” following chemo therapy, and even the normal decline in working memory function that occurs in all adults starting in their 30s. Cogmed is supported by several decades of substantial scientific research into its effectiveness in altering the functioning in the frontal and parietal lobes of the brain. The research shows that 80% of people who complete the Cogmed training show improvements in their working memory.
The complete Cogmed program includes:
- Initial interview
- Start-up session
- Five weeks of computer training with weekly coach calls
- Wrap-up meeting
- Six month follow-up interview
Cogmed training involves 25 sessions of 30-45 minutes each, done over 5 weeks. You complete it at home, according to your own schedule.