Cognitive training pioneer launches Website to tell the story behind the brain’s plasticity

New site from Cogmed features perspectives from leading researchers and medical experts on the effectiveness of training to increase mental performance

Naperville, Ill., May 28, 2009 – Cogmed, a developer of software training programs for children and adults who are limited by attention, has launched The Cogmed Story www.thecogmedstory.com, a new Website documenting the scientific understanding of working memory, the breakthrough discovery that it can be strengthened through training and the use of this training to improve attention. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that working memory, the cognitive ability to keep information in mind for brief periods of time, is crucial for attention and impacts academic, professional and social performance.

Visitors to the new site can view and download Working Memory Training, a comprehensive white paper detailing the story behind working memory and the use of training it to improve focus. The paper presents perspectives from various researchers, medical doctors and psychologists who assess the substantial research published on working memory training and evaluate the overall experiences of more than 10,000 people from around the world who have completed Cogmed training since the method was first developed in 2001.

The site is one of several online resources announced by Cogmed, including Cogmed Research www.cogmedresearch.com, Cogmed News www.cogmednews.com and About Working Memory www.aboutworkingmemory.com.

About Cogmed and Working Memory
Cogmed has made a breakthrough discovery that individuals can train and improve their working memory, a key function of the brain that allows individuals to store information for brief periods of time. Cogmed Working Memory Training helps people with attention problems improve focus. Through a combination of software-based working memory exercises and personal coaching, participants engage in a challenging computer program at home. More than 80 percent of those who have completed Cogmed’s rigorous and rewarding training have demonstrated tangible and lasting improvements. Cogmed’s program has been validated by high-impact research in controlled scientific studies at the Karolinska Institute, a world-renowned medical university based in Stockholm, Sweden. A leader in the emerging field of neurotechnology, Cogmed was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Naperville, Ill. Cogmed’s services are provided in North America by a growing network of more than 100 expert practices in North America.