Computerised training of working memory (Cogmed RM) in children who have survived a traumatic brain injury: A phase II randomised controlled trial

Institution: University of East Anglia

Investigator(s): Dr. Anna Adlam, Professor Susan Gathercole, Dr. Joni Holmes, Dr. Fergus Gracey, Professor Lee Shepstone, Edward Wilson

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