How Cogmed Works
Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based program for helping children, adolescents, and adults sustainably improve attention by training their working memory. It does so through web-based training programs that are age and ability appropriate.
The research-based program, clinically proven to increase working memory capacity, is delivered under the supervision of a qualified Cogmed Provider—a “Coach”. The training consists of a specific set of working memory tasks that are performed on a computer or tablet in the convenience of the trainee’s home, school, or designated health care facility.
Built around three easy-to-use and age-specific applications, the Cogmed program guides the trainee through multiple working memory exercises, automatically adjusting them in real-time to a level that is challenging but not so difficult that it becomes intimidating. It adapts to the trainee’s ability. Each application shares the same underlying design and algorithms—the differences are in the user interface.
How long does it take?
Cogmed follows a research-based training schedule that is critical to its success. The program offers a flexible schedule of 25-40 training sessions lasting 25-50 minutes each, over 5-10 weeks. During training, the trainee’s performance is tracked online and can be viewed by the trainee and his/her Cogmed Coach who communicates with the trainee to assist him/her throughout the duration of the program.