New populations benefit from working memory training

At Duke University, Dr. Kristin Hardy is examining another new application for working memory training by using the Cogmed program for pediatric cancer survivors whose working memory was impaired due to radiation chemotherapy. In Georgia, Dr. Lee Hyer, a professor of psychiatry at the Mercer Medical School, is exploring the use of working memory training for seniors whose working memory has declined with age. Executive coaches are finding the training to be effective for professionals of all levels who work in hectic environments. And many around the country are evaluating the training for test takers and athletes who are looking to for better focus under pressure.

“When Torkel Klingberg first discovered that working memory could be trained, it didn’t take him long to realize that the implications of his discovery would affect many people who need stronger working memory for one reason or another,” says Jendi. “We are now seeing leaders in the fields of medicine and psychology make this a reality by bringing the training into their work with people of all ages and conditions.”