Cogmed: We at Dr. Mae J. Balaban and Associates, LLC are proud to offer Cogmed Working Memory Training® which is a computer-based intervention for attention problems caused by poor working memory.  Together with qualified teams around the world, Cogmed offers a training solution for all settings. Cogmed combines cognitive neuroscience with an innovative computer game design and close professional support to deliver substantial and lasting benefits to users.  Cogmed solutions include easy-to- use software and personal support.

Cogmed Working Memory Training was originally developed by Dr. Torkel Lingberg, in Sweden.  It is a research-based- computer- training program that has been documented to improve focused attention and working memory in children and adults, as well as those with special needs.  Working memory, the capacity to hold onto information in one’s mind and then perform an operation in order to complete a task, is important with respect to learning, and succeeding academically as well as performing independently and within the workforce. Research and articles published in numerous journals has demonstrated Cogmed’s success with respect to maintaining attention and improving executive control.  While not appropriate for everyone, Cogmed has been noted to be effective in 80% of those who complete the program as it was intended.   In that regard, Cogmed has been tested and utilized on individuals with ADHD and those who experience difficulty focusing, attending and remaining on-task.  While medication may even augment the impact of training, the concept of neuroplasticity is the guiding principle behind Cogmed.

The Cogmed program delivers substantial and lasting benefits. Below describes a straightforward and research-based explanation for the mechanisms delivering its effects.

Very focused design – working memory improvement!
The program challenges the trainee’s woCogmed combines cognitive neuroscience with an innovative computer game design and close professional support to deliver substantial and lasting benefits to users. Cogmed’s solutions include easy-to-use software and personal support.

Working memory capacity. The computerized, cognitive  exercises are designed by neuroscientists to target this key cognitive function that have been proven to be fundamental to executive function and attention. The details of the exercise design allow the program to be very focused and yet provide slight variations

Finely tuned difficulty level – you are always challenged
The difficulty level of the training is adjusted in real time by the software based on the trainee’s performance. The highly fine-tuned calibration means that every Cogmed trainee will always be training at the very edge of his or her cognitive capacity. This is true for many people, from a young child with severely impaired capacity, to an adult in good cognitive shape. Whoever you are, Cogmed training will challenge your brain – and improve it.

Highly personal support ensures-you will complete the training
The program is carefully designed, rigorous, and focused on a key cognitive function. But to have strong real life effects, it also has to be used in the right way. This is why Cogmed training is always supported by a Cogmed-trained coach. The coach makes sure the trainee has the right profile for the training, and that the timing is right. The coach is responsible for providing the motivation, support, and feedback necessary to get the most out the training. Thanks to the Cogmed coaches, 90% of Cogmed trainees complete their training.

The improved working memory “generalizes”- to behavior
This is the research breakthrough that created and propels Cogmed. When you improve your working memory capacity, the change generalizes to your behavior. In other words, the change is translated to other things than just working memory. The research breakthrough is that by training a tightly defined cognitive function you create a cascading effect of improvements. You will be better able to pay attention, resist distractions, self-manage, and learn.

Review the research behind Cogmed, ask the hard questions,  and find out for yourself how it works by clicking on the links below

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The Overflowing Brain By Torkel Klingberg
ISBN 0195372883