Feasibility and effectiveness of working memory in three psychiatric populations

Research institution: Johns Hopkins University

Researchers: Dr. Miriam Mintzer

Training program used in research: Cogmed RM

Status: Completed

Summary
In an initial pilot study, researchers at Johns Hopkins University assessed the feasibility and effectiveness of working memory training in 3 psychiatric populations that experience significant cognitive impairment (including in the domains of working memory and executive function): TBI, geriatric depression, and substance abuse (Alexopoulos et al., 2002; Mintzer & Johnson, 2007; Vallat-Azouvi et al., 2007). Researchers hypothesized that individuals with TBI, geriatric depression, and substance abuse would evidence improved working memory following WM training. In finding that Cogmed training was a feasible intervention for adult former drug users, researchers are now conducting a larger study of 45 adults using Cogmed QM. There is also a planned study for adults with TBI.