Computerized training of working memory in a group of patients suffering from acquired brain injury

Institution: Linköping University

Title: Computerized training of working memory in a group of patients suffering from acquired brain injury

Researcher(s): Lundqvist A, Grundström K, Samuelsson K, Rönnberg J.

Program: Cogmed QM

Published: Brain Injury, September 2010

Summary

This study examined the efficacy of Cogmed training on 21 subjects (mean age 43.2 years) with a working memory deficit caused by an acquired brain injury or stroke. The subjects went through the Cogmed Working Memory Training Program with one group doing the full version of the program and another using a non-adaptive version as a control.

The study showed that there was a significant improvement in working memory in both the trained working memory tasks and in non-trained neuropsychological assessments. Rating scales also showed better performance at work with noticeable improvement in pre-defined occupational problems.

The researchers concluded that Cogmed training is an effective intervention to improve working memory capacity in people with an acquired brain injury or stroke most likely leading to improved performance at work and other daily activities.

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