Training for adults with poor working memory

Adults Improve Critical Professional and Personal Skills Through New Cognitive Training Program

Clinical psychologist uses neuropsychological measures to verify effectiveness of training after six months

Naperville, IL. Jan. 14, 2008 – Cogmed a developer of software-based working memory training programs for people with attention deficits, has launched Cogmed QM, a new working memory training program designed especially for adults struggling with inattention due to impaired working memory. The new program is based on Cogmed’s working memory training software for children and adolescents that has been used by more than 2,500 users in the United States and Europe.

The program is being adopted by people of all walks whose careers and private lives have been limited by their inability to focus attention, prioritize activities and remain organized. Among them are professionals seeking to improve focus, people with attention problems since birth and victims of stroke and traumatic brain injury. Cogmed QM users experience improvements to attention, complex reasoning and problem solving.

“Many assume that attention problems are a ‘kid thing’ but adults of all ages suffer everyday from attention problems that limit them professionally and put a strain on their personal lives,” said Dr. Kathleen Nadeau, author and director of the Chesapeake AD/HD center of Maryland, a Cogmed qualified practice. “I am excited about Cogmed’s program because it is consistent with research that suggests we are capable of developing and improving brain functions at any age. Cogmed Working Memory Training holds promise for a range of adults who suffer silently from often unidentified attention deficits and is an especially appropriate intervention in a multi-tasking world that places increasing demand on our working memory.”

Cogmed’s programs are based on peer reviewed research conducted at Sweden’s renowned Karolinska Institute, which proved that working memory—the ability to keep information in mind for brief periods of time—could be improved through intense, focused training. This research, which lead to a breakthrough in the way attention deficits are understood and treated, has since been validated by research conducted at major universities such as Notre Dame.

Cogmed QM is a video-game like software through which users participate in specialized and challenging working memory exercises. Training from their home computer, users complete 25 half-hour training sessions during few weeks. The training process is supported by a personal coach who monitors the user’s performance and provides weekly encouragement and feedback.

“We are proud to offer Cogmed QM, the first research validated training program designed for adults struggling with these issues,” said Jonas Jendi, chief executive officer of Cogmed. “Thousands of children and adolescents have benefited from Cogmed Working Memory Training. We are pleased to be able to extend this success to a broad population of adults who can also benefit from working memory training.”

The program is now being offered by Cogmed’s network of more than 70 well-respected professional psychology and medical practices in the U.S. and Canada.