Comparison between two differently oriented trainings in their effect on working memory and primary mental abilities in healthy children and children with ADHD symptoms

Institution: Prague Psychiatric Center

Investigator(s): Zuzana Čeplová, Ph.D. & Marek Preiss, Ph.D

Program: Cogmed RM

Background & Aim: Working memory (WM) is a cognitive ability known to be deficit in individuals with ADHD. The aim of this research is to compare the outcomes from two different cognitive training programs: Cogmed Working Memory Training, which is focused on improving verbal and visuo-spatial WM and Happy Neuron, which is designed to stimulate five different cognitive areas – attention, language, memory, visuo-spatial and executive functioning skills. A third no contact control group will receive no intervention. Both computerized cognitive trainings will be conducted in a computer lab at the elementary school for five days a week, 25 days in total. Each training session lasts 30 to 45 minutes. Children will be evaluated on outcomes for working memory using the Automated Working Memory Assessment and ADHD symptoms by both parents and teachers.

Population & Sample Size: N = 100 children typically developing and with ADHD, ages 8 -12 years

Design: Randomized, Controlled, Test-retest, 3 month follow up

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