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The differential impact of Cogmed, language instruction, and combined Cogmed and language instruction for Japanese high school and college students with English as a foreign language

 

Institution: Fukuoka University, Saga University Investigator(s): Yuko Hayashi, Shoichi Tanaka, Prerna Menon, Tsuyoshi Toyoshige, Yuya Sunakawa, Taisei Kobayashi Program: Cogmed QM Background & Aim: Working memory (WM) and its role in individual differences have been extensively researched within the field of language acquisition, including the context of second (L2) /foreign language (FL) acquisition (e.g., Harrington […]

The effect of cognitive training on alcohol consumption, cognition and craving in alcohol use disorders

 

Institution: Karolinska Institute Investigator(s): Nitya Jayaram-Lindström, Ph.D., Lofti Khemiri, M.D. Program: Cogmed QM Background & Aim: Alcohol dependence (AD) is a chronic relapsing psychiatric disorder characterized by physiological dependence, loss of control over drinking, and abandonment of other important activities (Koob, 2003). The lifetime prevalence of AD in Sweden is 10 – 14% and alcohol […]

Training related changes in cognitive abilities and neural plasticity

 

Institution: Cardiff University Investigator(s): Dr. Claudia Metzler-Baddeley, Dr, Derek Jones, Professor Karen Caeyenberghs Program: Cogmed RM, 8 weeks Background & Aim: The purpose of the present study is to investigate plasticity changes in white matter microstructure related to task-specific as well as near and far transfer effects of eight weeks of Cogmed Working Memory Training. […]

Does working memory training improve the performance in professional football players?

 

Institution: Maastricht University Investigator(s): Professor Rudolph Ponds, Dr. D. In de Braek, K. Deckers Program: Cogmed RM Background & Aim: Many of the cognitive functions which neuropsychologists refer to as executive functioning (EF) are recently recognized as predictors of success in top-soccer players (Vestberg et al., 2012). Working memory (WM) is one of the most […]

Does Cogmed training improve the intelligibility of speech in noise, when materials are predicted to load highly on working memory?

 

Institution: Queens University Investigator(s): Ingrid Johnsrude, Ph.D., Cheryl Hamilton Program: Cogmed RM/ Cogmed QM Background & Aim: The aim of this research is to evaluate whether Cogmed will improve intelligibility of speech in noise when the materials are associated with a higher processing load (i.e., low-context and high-ambiguity sentences). This will result in overall greater […]

Working memory training to enhance cognitive performance in a corporate setting

 

Institution: University of Guelph, University of Waterloo Investigator(s): Philip Toman, Ph.D., Jeffrey Spence, Ph.D. Program: Cogmed RM Background & Aim: The aim of this research is to investigate the feasibility and efficacy of Cogmed for typical to high functioning adults in a corporate environment randomized into two training protocols, either 50 minutes per day, 5 […]

Impact of variation working memory training schedules on typical undergraduate students

 

Institution: Texas State University Investigator(s): Joseph Etherton, Bill Kelemen Program: Cogmed RM Background & Aim: The aim of this project is to investigate whether Cogmed differentially improves auditory versus visuo-spatial memory (comparing Digit Span [auditory] with Symbol Span and Spatial Addition, both of which involve visuo-spatial memory). Second, does working memory training enhance acquisition of […]

Memory Aid – Computer Based Working Memory Training in Elderly with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). A Randomized, Controlled Trial

 

Institution: Sørlandet Hospital Investigator(s): Gro Løhaugen, Ph.D., Jon Skranes, M.D., Susanne Hernes, M.D., Ingun Ulstein, M.D., Ph.D., Linda Chang, M.D., Anders M. Dale, Ph.D. Håkon Ramsland Hol, M.D., Elisabeth Holck-Steen Håkon Torgunrud, M.D. Program: Cogmed QM Background & Aim: Cognitive decline and memory loss represents a major national and global public health problem. Dementia is […]

A non-drug, placebo-controlled study of the efficacy of a computer-based program to improve working memory in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome.

 

Institution: Duke University, KKH Women’s and Children’s Hospital (Singapore) Investigator(s): James Heller, M.A., Dr. Sriram Bhavani Program: Cogmed RM, 8 weeks Background & Aim: It is widely believed that individuals with Down syndrome have specific impairments in expressive language (the ability to formulate and express ideas), working memory (the ability to retain information during short […]

Working memory training in adolescents with pediatric bipolar disorder

 

Institution: University of Illinois, Chicago Investigator(s): A. M. Passarotti, Ph.D., M.N. Pavuluri, M.D., Ph.D. Program: Cogmed RM Background & Aim: Severe WM deficits can co-exist with affective dysregulation in pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD) and, if left untreated, contribute to difficulties and delays in a cluster of cognitive areas including learning, concentration, academic performance, and frustration […]

Efficacy of a computerized training of working memory in adults with ADHD

 

Institution: Fundació Joan Costa Roma Investigator(s): Aitana Bigorra, Maite Garolera, M.D., Amaia Hervás Hervas, M.D, Josep Antoni Ramos, M.D., Benjamín Piñeiro, Laura González Program: Cogmed QM Background & Aim: ADHD is a disorder characterized by a pattern of inattention and / or behavioural dis-inhibition. It is estimated that at least between 30% and 70% of […]

KIDS-WIN: Randomized, controlled, school-based research using Cogmed Working Memory Training for German children

 

Institution: Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany), University of Zurich Investigator(s): Professor Ernst Fehr, Professor Daniel Schunk, Ph.D., Henning Müller, Ph.D. Program: Cogmed RM Background & Aim: The aim of the current project is to establish the feasibility and efficacy of Cogmed RM using large scale implementation in the school setting. To control for exposure to […]