KIDS-WIN: Randomized, controlled, school-based research using Cogmed Working Memory Training for German children

Institution: Johannes Gutenberg University (Mainz, Germany), University of Zurich

Investigator(s): Professor Ernst Fehr, Professor Daniel Schunk, Ph.D., Henning Müller, Ph.D.

Program: Cogmed RM

Background & Aim: The aim of the current project is to establish the feasibility and efficacy of Cogmed RM using large scale implementation in the school setting. To control for exposure to the Cogmed program, some children will receive a computerized training program which supports the regular school teaching and uses strictly non-working-memory related tasks. All active intervention groups will all include self regulation training, Mental Contrasting and Implementation Intentions (MCII), that is intended to complement the computerized training (one session per week (i.e. about 40 minutes per week) for the duration of five weeks (i.e. five training sessions in total).

Children will be randomly assigned to six possible conditions:
1) Cogmed PLUS self regulation training
2) Learning intervention PLUS self regulation training
3) Regular classroom instruction PLUS self regulation training
4) Cogmed, learning intervention, or regular classroom instruction PLUS a control version of self regulation training

Population & Sample Size: N = 580 typically functioning school children, 6 – 7 years old

Design: Randomized, Active Controlled, Test-retest, 6 and 12 Month Follow Up