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Cultivating Mind Power

Dr. Jo Ann Heydenfeldt
Lafayette, CA 94549
(925) 284-9285

About Cogmed

Are you or your child easily distracted? Do you have trouble completing tasks or following instructions? Is your child struggling, particularly with reading comprehension and math, despite motivation and hard work? Poor working memory could be part of the problem.

Working memory is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task and remember what to do next. It is a critical function closely related to the attention necessary for a wide range of cognitive tasks, and is one of the best predictors of academic achievement.

Studies consistently show that problems with attention and learning are often caused by poor working memory. This holds true for those with ADHD, learning disabilities, or milder forms of learning and attention problems. Cogmed can help.

What is Cogmed?

Cogmed Working Memory Training is a web-based intervention for attention problems caused by poor working memory. Cogmed combines cognitive neuroscience with innovative computer game design and close professional support to deliver substantial and lasting benefits to our users. With our coaching and support you will likely improve in the ABC’s of Cogmed: Attention, Behavior and Capacity to learn.


Cogmed Research

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Working memory and its impact on learning

Cogmed: The most researched working memory program in the world today!
With 40+ published studies to date and over 80 ongoing studies currently taking place, independent research finds that:

  • Working memory is a key success factor in the ability to pay attention and learn.
  • Working memory can be improved by training in all age ranges.
  • Working memory can be improved by training and using the right tool and protocol: Cogmed is that tool.

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Cogmed research: The 80% rule
Results of our own clinical evaluation study of Cogmed users reveal that:

80 percent rule

Get the help you need for your working memory
If you suspect that you or someone you know may have working memory issues, call the phone number at the top of this page and set up a consultation to see if Cogmed is the right solution for you.


Biography

“>I am an organizational psychologist specializing in understanding neurobiological aspects of emotional health, cognitive acuity, leadership and team building. I work with children, adolescents, and adults individually and in groups who want to increase their overall brain potential and who would benefit from working memory training.

I teach Organizational Behavior and Leadership courses to both graduates and undergraduates in the St Mary’s College School of Economics and Business. I know from experience how important advanced cognitive abilities such as strong capacities for working memory, executive function, and stress management can play in successful academic endeavors and later in the pursuit of careers.

I offer a research-based neuroscience course called Cultivating Mind Power at St Mary’s College of California that explains how the brain and nervous system function and thrive. Useful mental habits are taught and practiced that begin to activate awareness and self-regulation. Students begin to recognize the importance of taking charge of their executive functioning in order to increase the awareness and directive capacities of the brain. They also learn how they can get stuck in maladaptive, defensive habits of thought and neglect the limitless potential of their brain to change and grow. When this potential is appropriated, they begin to decide where to focus their attention, to prioritize the tasks they undertake, establish goals, make long term plans, and finally, maintain a self-image of being in charge of their learning and actions. Careful attention is given to cultivating non-judgmental, non-striving, momentto moment daily practice.

Education about optimal learning and brain function is made available to individuals or groups who are engaged in working memory training. It is also available for parents or guardians of clients who are training. The content is customized for each cog-med client, group or parent and is appropriately designed to meet individual needs.

SERVICES

  • Cogmed Working Memory Training
  • Informational Meeting:A one- hour Informational workshop for clients and parents on brain plasticity, growth mindsets
  • Cultivating Mind Power: An Integrated ApproachThis 3-hour course covers the neurobiological advances that allow us to reprogram the brain to improve focus, attention and executive function so that awareness and self-regulation are activated.
    Working memory clients, parents, or anyone interested in improving their brain function are encouraged to enroll. The course will be designed to be age appropriate and customized to fit individual needs.
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction MBSRA Mindfulness based approach to stress One Half-Day Leadership Workshop for Organizations Novel challenges, limited resources and increased demands for expertise and time can deplete a leader’s mental resiliency, ability to focus, to see clearly, to cultivate space for creativity and to embody compassion. This workshop invites participants to explore mindfulness meditation practice and practical applications of mindful leadership.
  • Cultivating Leadership Power: the Neuroscience of Leading Differently
    Novel challenges, limited resources and increased demands for expertise and time can deplete a leader’s mental resiliency, ability to focus, to see clearly, to cultivate space for creativity and to embody compassion. This workshop invites participants to explore mindfulness meditation practice and practical applications of mindful leadership.
  • Individualized Coaching
    Individuals who wish to explore training opportunities available to them to improve cognitive acuity, emotional intelligence, or general well-being can set up private coaching sessions.

Success Stories

Cogmed is a breakthrough intervention which improves attention, behavior and the capacity to learn by targeting working memory capacity.


"I'm really enthusiastic about this program. The Cogmed program is an amazing tool."

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