|The Cogmed Webinar Speaker Series is intended to inspire and educate professionals about the role of working memory training in populations with working memory deficits. These sessions are appropriate for practitioners and educators offering Cogmed training, as well as those interested in learning more about working memory intervention. Speakers will discuss research and/or clinical evidence related to working memory training.|
Next Webinar: The Learning Brain – memory and brain development in children
Presented by: Torkel Klingberg, M.D., Ph.D.
Date/Time: Thursday November 29th, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 PM Eastern
Webinar Description: Recently, there has been a dramatic increase in our knowledge of how the child brain develops and learns. Despite this, there is not much interaction between education and cognitive neuroscience. Combining these disciplines, as well as other research areas, could lead to a new science of learning.
One particularly interesting subject is “working memory”—our ability to concentrate and to keep relevant information in our head while ignoring distractions. Research shows enormous variation in working memory among children, with some ten-year-olds performing at the level of a fourteen-year-old, others at that of a six-year-old. More important, children with high working memory have better math and reading skills, while children with poor working memory consistently under-perform. Interestingly, teachers tend to perceive children with poor working memory as dreamy or unfocused, not recognizing that these children have a memory problem.
But what can we do for these children? Parts of the impairments are inherited and linked to brain function. But environmental factors such as stress can also impact this cognitive ability, both in the short and long run. The impairments can also partly be overcome by special educational approaches which lowers the working memory demand, or by working memory training which increases the capacity of children. Such training also impacts brain activity, and is an encouraging example of brain plasticity. Integrating the knowledge from neuroscience and education could teach us how to give our children the best chance to learn and grow.