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About Working Memory

About Working Memory

Working memory is the search engine of the brain

Working memory is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short time, focus on a task, and remember what todo next. We use our working memory constantly in our daily life—helping us to perform efficiently and effectively inacademic, professional and social settings. It is critical for focusing, appropriately shutting out distractions, and forcomplex thinking.

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Working memory and Academics

Working memory is strongly associated with children’s ability to learn. Skills such as reading comprehension and math,along with other classroom-based activities (attention, remembering instructions, etc,...) are supported by workingmemory. While working memory constraints are common in students with ADHD and learning disabilities, researchindicates that about 15% of school-aged children are constrained by low working memory, leading to poor academicperformance, failure to follow instructions, and problematic behaviour.

Cogmed improves working memory

The Cogmed program improves attention by training working memory. Studies show that most people with attentiondeficits have a working memory deficit. Cogmed combines cognitive neuroscience with innovative, web-based computer“game” design and close professional support to deliver substantial and lasting benefits to our users.

8 out of 10 trainees who complete Cogmed training show measurable improvement in working memory capacity leading to improved attention, behaviour and daily functioning:
Children

Children

Research and clinical data show improved gradesfollowing Cogmed training. Parents and teachers alsoreport improved social skills, taking initiative,remembering instructions, and completing assignmentsmore independently.

Adults

Adults

Training working memory can help to stay focused,ignore distractions, plan next steps, rememberinstructions, and start and finish tasks.

Watch Dr. Klingberg explain working memory

Are you or someone you know facing a working memory challenge?

Become a Cogmed Provider

Become a Cogmed Provider

Find a Provider near you.

Find a Provider near you

Please contact a Cogmed Consultant for details at Cogmed.Canada@pearson.com or at 1-866-335-8418.