Cogmed Working Memory Training is validated by clinical, neuropsychological tests and published in peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Cogmed is a personalized, digital therapeutic, designed to improve the brain systems responsible for attention and working memory.
Working memory is closely related to control of attention, and uses, in part, the same regions of the brain. Cogmed training is specifically developed to target these brain regions (1). It is the only digital therapeutic that has been shown to improve attention in everyday life. The improvements are equivalent to two years of normal cognitive development of working memory in children.
Many clinical diagnoses are associated with cognitive impairments affecting working memory and attention. Through clinical, peer-reviewed studies, using neuropsychological testing, it has been shown that Cogmed training can significantly reduce these cognitive impairments in individuals (2).
This includes children and adults with ADHD, children who have received cancer treatment, children born prematurely and adults who have suffered a stroke. In many cases, the behavioral improvement remediates the cognitive function into the normal range (3, 4). The effect on the brain’s working memory systems is stronger from Cogmed training than after treatment with methylphenidate. Most importantly, research shows that the effects of Cogmed training are long-lasting (5).
Working memory is key for academic performance, including in mathematics. In a recent study of 572 typically developing children, randomized to training or teaching as usual, Berger et al. found that one year after Cogmed training, the difference in mathematical performance between the training group and control group was equivalent to 1 year of normal improvement in secondary school (6). This is about twice as large as the improvements seen after reducing the number of students in a classroom. Three years after the Cogmed training, the children in the training group had a 16 % higher chance of getting into the academically more advanced school-track compared to their control-group peers.
The Cogmed method is a result of many years of successful collaboration with the research community. If your research team contacts firstname.lastname@example.org with an attached IRB (or the equivalent ethics committee body) approval we can evaluate if the study qualifies for a free research license. The evaluation is based on what level of value and uniqueness the study can contribute to the field, in combination with methodological considerations.
For a full summary of the research literature and clinical outcomes that support the Cogmed claims above, please download the Cogmed Research Summary document.
Do you have questions about the research, or want to do your own research on Cogmed training? Please don't hesitate to contact us.
1. Olesen PJ, Westerberg H, Klingberg T (2004) Increased prefrontal and parietal activity after training of working memory. Nat Neurosci 7:75-79.
2. Spencer-Smith M, Klingberg T (2015) Benefits of a working memory training program for inattention in daily life: a systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS One 10:e0119522.
3. Klingberg T, Fernell E, Olesen PJ, Johnson M, Gustafsson P, Dahlstrom K, Gillberg CG, Forssberg H, Westerberg H (2005) Computerized training of working memory in children with ADHD--a randomized, controlled trial. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 44:177-186.
4. Bigorra A, Garolera M, Guijarro S, Hervas A (2015) Long-term far-transfer effects of working memory training in children with ADHD: a randomized controlled trial. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry.
5. Conklin HM, Ashford JM, Clark KN, Martin-Elbahesh K, Hardy KK, Merchant TE, Ogg RJ, Jeha S, Huang L, Zhang H (2017) Long-Term Efficacy of Computerized Cognitive Training Among Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Single-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. J Pediatr Psychol 42:220-231.
6. Berger EMF, E.; Hermes, H.; Schunk, D.; Winkel, K.; (2020) The impact of working memory training on children’s cognitive and noncognitive skills. In: SSRN.
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