Institution: University of East Anglia
Program: Cogmed RM
Background & Aim: Research indicates that working memory (WM) impairments are frequently reported following pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI) and contribute to a wide range of difficulties in everyday life, including academic learning and family burden. Despite this, the evidence base for effective neuropsychological interventions in this patient group is limited. To date, the effectiveness of Cogmed for children who have survived a TBI has also yet to be investigated. This study, therefore, will assess whether WM capacity will improve with training, whether training effects transfer to other cognitive functions (e.g., executive function and attention) and functional abilities (e.g., academic performance, classroom engagement and participation) and whether training reduces perceived family burden and improves the patients’ quality of life.
Population & Sample Size: N = 90 children/adolescents with TBI (heterogeneous sample), ages 8- 16 years
Design: Randomized, Placebo controlled, Test-retest, 6 month follow-up