The growing awareness of working memory’s importance is fundamentally changing the way that the scientific community understands individual performance at all stages of life. At the same time, the discovery that working memory can be substantially improved through training changes the game for anyone who is or may one day be constrained by their working memory. Needless to say, the convergence of these two realities has very real implications for the future. Below are ten key ways in which working memory and its training will change our overall approach to mental performance:
– Working memory will be seen as a primary indicator of success.
Whether in the classroom, the office, the sports field or the retirement community, a strong working memory capacity will be recognized as one of the core necessities for performance. It will be a key factor in preparing for success in life.
– Cogmed and some other brain fitness programs will become increasingly viewed as a critical part of mental development and maintenance.
Working memory training won’t be a popular New Year’s resolution or be added next to gyms anytime soon. But for anyone with a measurable working memory deficit or for anyone that needs to boost their ability to concentrate, working memory training will, in most cases, produce tangible results. Students, teachers, coaches professionals and employers will view it as a key tool for success.
– Studies will show that working memory is behind many learning disabilities.
A surge in research studies will examine the impact of working memory training to address learning disabilities and treat mental impairments. Working memory will continue to be identified as a root cause that underlies many such issues. Addressing these issues will become more a matter of improving specific abilities – like working memory – rather than trying to alleviate symptoms or compensate for impairments.
– Training will complement medication as a core treatment of attention deficits.
Parents and professionals will be drawn to interventions that address the core problem of attention deficits in a lasting manner. Training will continue to address areas that medication cannot.
– Families struggling with the stigma and symptoms of ADHD will have a proven intervention as a new option.
Because training addresses the key deficit behind inattention, it is liberating for the end-user and a very positive experience with a beginning, middle and end.
– Educators will see the value of strengthening cognitive abilities.
School administrators will invest in developing the core skills of their students, so curriculum can be learned more effectively, impacting performance and scores on a broad scale.
– Professionals will turn to cognitive reinforcement to better manage information overload.
Looking to thrive in a multitasking world, professionals will use working memory training to gain a lasting edge.
– Stroke victims and veterans of recent wars will have a new tool for recovery.
The debilitating attention issues that often emerge in victims of stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) will be directly addressed through training, so that cognitive rehabilitation is of equal importance to physical rehabilitation in the recovery process.
– Aging adults will improve their quality of life.
Seniors will be able to regain the focus they had in their younger years through training and will be able to stay active and independent for longer as a result.
A strong working memory capacity will be recognized as one of the core necessities for performance.