Working memory training in a Latin American social context

Institution: Universidad Nacional de San Martin

Investigator(s): Marina Simian Ph.D., Liliana Fonseca
Program: Cogmed RM

Background & Aim: Cognitive training using computer programs such as Cogmed are currently being tested as a complementary approach for patients with poor working memory and in particular ADHD. To date, reported clinical trials have been carried out in developed northern hemisphere countries. The success of computer based cognitive training relies heavily on compliance as the training is carried out at home. Thus, cultural and social characteristics of the population are a key factor for success. It is in this context that these researchers aim to investigate the effectiveness of Cogmed in a sample of Argentine children with ADHD. The researchers hypothesize that cultural characteristics of developing countries could interfere with the implementation of programs such as Cogmed. As such, a well designed pilot study to determine the best scenario in which to administer this type of treatment would be of great utility both to local practitioners and Cogmed. Moreover, it would also test the viability of Cogmed as an effective treatment for Latin American students struggling with ADHD. Outcome measures will include working memory, sustained attention, reasoning, behavioral rating, and achievement tests.

Population & Sample Size: N = 30 children with ADHD, ages 8 to 11 years

Design: Randomized, Waitlist controlled, Test-retest