Posted: July 11th, 2012 – A new study was published this week in Neurotherapeutics examining the impact of Cogmed Working Memory Training in children with ADHD. The study was conducted by researchers at University of California, Davis and included 26, 7-14 year old children with ADHD. This was a randomized, placebo controlled, double-blinded study.
The aim of the study was to decrease “off-task” behavior during an academic task. The authors explained that: “Off-task behavior during homework and in-seat academic assignments is one of the most common reasons parents of children with ADHD seek evaluations and treatment”.
The results of the research showed the participants significantly improved working memory capacity on the Working Memory Index of the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children. There was also significant improvement in a key measure of off-task behavior during an academic assignment. This finding is the first of its kind and is important evidence of the kind of improvements children with ADHD can achieve following Cogmed training.