Research Update | New Meta-analysis on Cognitive Training

Meta-analyzes in the field of cognitive training have historically been a mixed bag of positive and negative results, explained by a “lack of a coherent theoretical framework to guide training research and methodological issues across studies and meta-analyses”. ref
With those remarks in mind, we are thrilled to share a meta-analysis on the effects of cognitive training in ADHD recently published in Molecular Psychiatry.

The results suggest that computerized cognitive training can lead to a significant improvement in ADHD-related attention symptoms, which is consistent with Cogmed’s approach to enhancing cognitive functions.

The study also showed significant effects on working memory, specifically in the visuo-spatial domain. While the overall effects could be considered small, it is important to acknowledge that the study includes a variety of training methods, and subjects with comorbidities and varying ages. The authors express some skepticism about the results, using somewhat dismissive language to describe the small effect sizes. However, it is necessary to note that, in general, effect sizes for cognitive or mental symptoms typically fall within the range of 0.05-0.3, which is what is shown here.

We are encouraged by the results of this meta-analysis, which support the efficacy of cognitive training in improving attention-related ADHD symptoms and working memory. These findings are a testament to the effectiveness of evidence-based methods of cognitive training, such as Cogmed, and we are proud to see these validated by rigorous scientific research.

At Cogmed, we are committed to advancing our understanding of cognitive training and continuing to develop effective programs that can make a positive impact on people's lives. We believe that this meta-analysis provides further support for the efficacy of our methods and strengthens our resolve to continue pursuing innovative and evidence-based solutions in the field of cognitive training. We look forward to further research and development to ensure that our program continues to provide the best possible outcomes for our users.

Find the article in full via this link.

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