Cogmed is based on a research breakthrough: your cognitive functions are not fixed
Cogmed Working Memory Training is propelled by the idea of neuroplasticity, the idea that an individual’s brain can reorganize itself and change. When Dr. Torkel Klingberg, neuroscientist from the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, did the initial research that showed it was possible to actually improve one’s working memory capacity through systematic, intensive training, he demonstrated that working memory capacity is not fixed, but rather plastic; it is malleable and changeable.
The brain has been shown to reorganize itself and change in response to exercise. This reality has large implications for how people approach deficits in learning, communication, social skills, and overall poor cognitive functioning.
Whereas before, any cognitive deficiencies were treated with either medication or accommodation, the notion of neuroplasticity provides another avenue of intervention, one that is pragmatic, holistic, and effective. As opposed to artificially and temporarily altering the way your brain works, or just making the environment around you more forgiving of deficiencies – evidence-based cognitive training provides an individual with the option of actually making their brain function better naturally.
Cognitive training is an approach that is in some ways similar to physical exercise or physical therapy. Medication and accommodation changes (like crutches) can go a long way in helping a person deal with an injury, but only through physical training or therapy can a person effectively take control of their abilities and fundamentally impact targeted parts of their body to overcome injuries or improve to new heights.
Cogmed Working Memory Training provides a way for those who are constrained by their working memory to improve their capacity naturally and sustainably – translating to improved attention, focus, and overall cognitive functioning.