Archive for April, 2009


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Evaluate effectiveness of a working memory intervention for improving the acquisition of math facts


S. Kenneth Thurman, Ph.D., a Professor of Special Education at Temple University is conducting an ongoing study to determine if working memory training will impact performance in math.

Working memory training for pediatric cancer survivors


Children who have undergone radiation treatment for brain cancer often acquire attention problems that make it difficult for them to return to normal life, even after having survived cancer. Kristi Hardy, PhD, a researcher a Duke University is examining the benefits of working memory training to help these children in the recovery process.

Feasibility and efficacy of WM training in children with cochlear implants


Deaf children with cochlear implants may benefit from working memory training Cochlear implants can restore some hearing to deaf children. But whether they can use that hearing to effectively learn language and acquire verbal skills depends on the strength of their working memory. William Kronenberger, PhD, a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Indiana, is exploring the use of working memory training to aide these children as they learn language skills.

Effects of a working memory training program in adolescents with severe ADHD/LD


Rosemary Tannock, PhD, a leading expert on working memory has initiated a study to see if working memory training can help children with severe learning disabilities to improve concentration and school work, which could indicate a brighter social, academic and occupational future for these children. Tannock is a professor of psychiatry and special education at the University of Toronto and a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Adaptive training leads to sustained enhancement of poor working memory in children


Peer reviewed research conducted at the University of York by Joni Holmes, PhD, and Susan Gathercole, a leading expert on working memory, shows that children with poor working memory can improve it through training. Additionally the study found that these children experienced significant increases in their ability to listen and retain instructions. Students also showed stronger math skills six months after training.