Harvard tests Cogmed in Boston schools, concludes program can stimulate skills critical to mental health, cognitive development, and academic achievement

A new open label pilot study led by Harvard and Children’s Hospital Boston took Cogmed Working Memory Training into the classrooms of Boston public schools. The result was a promising conclusion that working memory training “offers the possibility of stimulating cognitive skills that are critical to mental health, to cognitive development and academic achievement.”

The research effort sought to examine the feasibility of a school-based computer intervention to train working memory in children with ADHD. Eight students from the 2nd through 4th grades completed the five-week Cogmed program. Each student was screened positively for ADHD based on teacher ratings and was not receiving any form of treatment for ADHD.

Participants of New Research sessions at the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference in Boston were the first to learn the results of the new Harvard study. The research poster attracted a great deal of interest from the attending clinical professionals. The team, Drs. Mezzacappa and Buckner, are planning a larger study of the effects of Cogmed Working Memory Training in children with attention deficits and poor self-regulation, based on the results obtained in this successful pilot project.