Cogmed Working Memory Training is for anyone who is constrained by working memory capacity. There are several reasons why an individual might be impacted by limited working memory capacity, and several ways in which the effects of the impairment can manifest themselves.
For this reason, Cogmed training is being used by researchers in a wide range of populations.
Working memory is fundamental for all learning. Researchers are exploring the use of working memory training with very young students to help them prepare for school, in some cases before a deficit can manifest itself.
Nowhere is working memory more crucial than in the classroom. Math, reading and the processes we use to internalize information are utterly dependent on a healthy working memory capacity. An education impaired by weak working memory can have a negative impact that affects an individual into adult life. For this reason researchers are especially interested in understanding how training can benefit students.
Children with ADHD
Children diagnosed with ADHD often experience severe working memory problems. In fact, researchers have identified working memory as the core deficit present in ADHD. For this reason, this population has been the subject of extensive research. In fact, the first studies which showed that working memory could be improved were conducted on children with ADHD. Since then, researchers around the world continued to explore the use of training children adolescents and adults with ADHD.
Poor Working Memory
Many children suffer from poor working memory that impacts their ability to focus in the class room, follow instructions and learn the skills necessary for academic success. While some of these children also struggle with ADHD, many do not and as a result their deficit may not be recognized.
In an environment of constant interruptions, professionals struggle to stay focused, prioritize activities and remain productive. Working memory is critical in this environment. Professionals with strong working memory capacity are efficient with their time and well equipped to multi-task. They perform well under pressure, remain organized and stay focused on the task at hand. Researchers are beginning to investigate the importance of working memory for professionals.
The most common working memory deficits occur due to the natural process of aging. Working memory typically reaches its peak around the age of 25 – 30 and steadily declines from there. The vast majority of adults will begin to experience some decrease in working memory around the age of 55. If working memory was already weak, aging can sometimes augment the problem.
Many victims of stroke and traumatic brain injury (TBI) experience working memory deficits. Often these slow the recovery process and can prohibit victims from returning to normal life. Working memory training has been shown to benefit these populations and help the recovery process.