Cogmed Working Memory Training

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Dr. Boxer's neuropsychological practice has been certified by Cogmed. Dr. Boxer offers Cogmed services to children and adults through his offices in West Los Angeles and Pasadena.

Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by leading neuroscientists to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity. We help you create a platform for learning skills. The concept of neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain can reorganize itself and change, is what allows Cogmed to effectively change the way the brain functions to perform at its maximum capacity. There are many training programs for various skills such as reading, math, or time management. Cogmed acts on a different, more fundamental level. Once your working memory has improved, you will find that acquiring new skills is suddenly much more doable for you.

The Cogmed training method consists of 25 computerized training sessions, each 30-45 minutes long. Each session consists of a selection of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training is done on a computer at home, in school, or at work. The training program is five weeks long with five sessions every week. It is a rigorous program designed to improve working memory through intensive and systematic training.

The training is available only through qualified professionals. The training is always led by a Cogmed Qualified Coach who works with the user to provide structure, motivation, and feedback on the progress.


More Information in PDF format

The Cogmed Story (1.2MB PDF)
Cogmed Fact Sheet (1.4MB PDF)
Cogmed References (217k PDF)
 

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT’S WORKING MEMORY?
It is the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking.

1. Who is Cogmed training for?
Cogmed training is for people who wish to improve their ability to concentrate and are constrained by their working memory. Cogmed users range from young children to senior adults. Some have diagnosed attention deficits, some have suffered a brain injury, some feel the deteriorating effects of normal aging, and others find they’re not doing as well as they could, academically or professionally, given their intelligence and their efforts.

2. What is working memory and why is it important?
Working memory is an essential cognitive function necessary for a wide-range of tasks related to attention and focus. It is the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking. It is central to concentration, problem solving, and impulse control. Poor working memory is the source of many problems related to attention and is often linked to ADHD, and other learning disabilities.

We use our working memory constantly in daily life helping us to perform efficiently and effectively in academic, professional, and social settings. Cogmed exists to help you improve your working memory to be better equipped to meet your challenges.

The following guide provides examples of how the working memory works and how a working memory deficit disrupts daily life at various age levels.  

Age

Working memory is crucial for…

Indications that working memory needs exercise

Preschool

 

  • Learning the alphabet
  • Focusing on short instructions such as “Come brush your teeth”
  • Remaining seated to complete independent activities, such as puzzles
  • Seems unwilling or unable to learn alphabet, numbers
  • Can’t focus long enough to grasp and follow instructions
  • Flits from one thing to another

Elementary
School

  • Reading and understanding the content (reading comprehension)
  • Mental arithmetic
  • Interacting and responding appropriately in peer activities such as playing on the school ground
  • Reads (decodes) but does not understand or remember material read
  • Problems memorizing math facts
  • Difficulty participating in group activities (e.g. awaiting turn); makes friends but cannot keep them

Middle
School

  • Doing homework independently
  • Planning and packing for an activity
  • Solving multi-step math problems, especially word problems
  • Participating in team sports
  • Does not begin or persist with homework without supervision
  • Packs but forgets items essential for activity
  • Reads the problem but can’t break it into understandable parts
  • Problems grasping rules of a game, functioning as a “team player”

High
School

  • Getting a driver’s license – and driving safely
  • Understanding social cues, responding to demands of a social situation
  • Writing essays, reports
  • Problems with spatial awareness, reading and following traffic cues
  • Interrupts, talks excessively, doesn’t listen to others
  • Essays and reports are short, sloppy, and disorganized

College

 

  • Focusing on and following a conversation
  • Making and adhering to work plans, such as studying for an exam successfully
  • Participating in group activities in school and socially
  • Sustaining focus and interest throughout lectures
  • Changes topics suddenly, makes irrelevant comments
  • Procrastinates, then tries to “cram” the night before an exam
  • Doesn’t listen or participate during group activities
  • Falls asleep or “zones out” during lectures

Adults

 

  • Getting to work on time
  • Meeting deadlines at work
  • Prioritizing multiple activities
  • Handling conflicts within the family
  • Frequently late to work
  • Often underestimates time required for a task
  • Has problems breaking a project into manageable steps
  • Often loses temper with children and spouse

 Seniors

 

  • Actively participate in group discussions
  • Being able to perform what you are planning to do
  • Organizing your materials and activities
  • Managing important financial transactions
  • Forgetfulness
  • Distractibility
  • Losing track of the topic in a conversation
  • Misplacing things like glasses, mobile phone, keys etc.

PRESCHOOL

Working memory is crucial for…

  • Learning the alphabet
  • Focusing on short instructions such as “Come brush your teeth”
  • Remaining seated to complete independent activities, such as puzzles

Indications that working memory needs exercise

  • Seems unwilling or unable to learn alphabet, numbers
  • Can’t focus long enough to grasp and follow instructions
  • Flits from one thing to another

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Working memory is crucial for…

  • Reading and understanding the content (reading comprehension)
  • Mental arithmetic
  • Interacting and responding appropriately in peer activities such as playing on the school ground

Indications that working memory needs exercise

  • Reads (decodes) but does not understand or remember material read
  • Problems memorizing math facts
  • Difficulty participating in group activities (e.g. awaiting turn); makes friends but cannot keep them

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Working memory is crucial for…

  • Doing homework independently
  • Planning and packing for an activity
  • Solving multi-step math problems, especially word problems
  • Participating in team sports

Indications that working memory needs exercise

  • Does not begin or persist with homework without supervision
  • Packs but forgets items essential for activity
  • Reads the problem but can’t break it into understandable parts
  • Problems grasping rules of a game, functioning as a “team player”

HIGH SCHOOL

Working memory is crucial for…

  • Getting a driver’s license – and driving safely
  • Understanding social cues, responding to demands of a social situation
  • Writing essays, reports

Indications that working memory needs exercise

  • Problems with spatial awareness, reading and following traffic cues
  • Interrupts, talks excessively, doesn’t listen to others
  • Essays and reports are short, sloppy, and disorganized

COLLEGE

Working memory is crucial for…

  • Focusing on and following a conversation
  • Making and adhering to work plans, such as studying for an exam successfully
  • Participating in group activities in school and socially
  • Sustaining focus and interest throughout lectures

Indications that working memory needs exercise

  • Changes topics suddenly, makes irrelevant comments
  • Procrastinates, then tries to “cram” the night before an exam
  • Doesn’t listen or participate during group activities
  • Falls asleep or “zones out” during lectures

ADULTS

Working memory is crucial for…

  • Getting to work on time
  • Meeting deadlines at work
  • Prioritizing multiple activities
  • Handling conflicts within the family

Indications that working memory needs exercise

  • Frequently late to work
  • Often underestimates time required for a task
  • Has problems breaking a project into manageable steps
  • Often loses temper with children and spouse

SENIORS

Working memory is crucial for…

  • Actively participate in group discussions
  • Being able to perform what you are planning to do
  • Organizing your materials and activities
  • Managing important financial transactions

Indications that working memory needs exercise

  • Forgetfulness
  • Distractibility
  • Losing track of the topic in a conversation
  • Misplacing things like glasses, mobile phone, keys etc.

3. Do the results last?
Yes, our research and our clinical experience show that the effects of Cogmed Training last after training. The reason is that once working memory capacity increases, you naturally continue to use it at its new level, which serves as constant maintenance training.

4. How do I know this will help me or my child?
In our research and in the practical experience of the Cogmed practices, 80% of users see measurable improvements. You should talk to the Cogmed practice of your choice to make sure your/your child’s profile is right for training.

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5. What kind of research is behind Cogmed?
Cogmed is developed by leading neuroscientists and based on the breakthrough concept that the working memory can be improved through intensive, systematic training. Cogmed is dedicated to providing only products that are proven to be effective in rigorous research. Numerous double-blind placebo-controlled studies, the gold standard of clinical research, have shown Cogmed to be effective. Several of the studies have been published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals. The work has been done by Cogmed’s founders and by independent teams at leading American and European universities. No other brain training product or attention training method can show this degree of research validation.

6. How is Cogmed different from other types of “brain training”?
Cogmed is different from “brain training programs” in three ways:

  1. Cogmed training is backed by solid research that no one else can match. 
  2. Cogmed training is provided exclusively by a network of carefully trained and qualified professionals. They make sure each Cogmed user gets the coaching needed for the best possible results. 
  3. An outstanding track record of strong and lasting effects in our thousands of users in America and around the world show that Cogmed training makes a real difference in people’s lives.

Dr. Boxer's neuropsychological practice has been certified by Cogmed.

Dr. Boxer offers Cogmed services to children and adults through his offices in West Los Angeles and Pasadena. Please contact Dr. Boxer's office for more information regarding Cogmed services.