What Is Working Memory?
Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind for a short amount of time (secs) and the ability to use this information in your thinking. We use our working memory in many aspects of our lives, such as learning. Other examples include remembering multi-step instructions and reading comprehension.
Each of us have our own working memory capacity; this is the amount of information we can hold in our memory. Memory capacity depends on each individual; some can hold a large amount of information, some a smaller amount. Those with a small working memory capacity are likely to have difficulties when their memory is overloaded or perhaps when they are distracted.
What Is Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT)?
Cogmed is a computer based memory training program for both children and adults and is made up of 25 sessions that aim to improve your working memory capacity. Throughout the program, the software adapts to your ability, meaning it increases in difficulty as your performance improves, but drops if you’re finding it too difficult.
Each individual is assigned a ‘Coach’ who will support you through the training to maintain structure and motivation. Prior to the start of training, a discussion will take place between the coach and the individual to determine expectations and goals that they wish to achieve from Cogmed training. CWMT is a computer program that can be carried out at the LANC or in your own home.
During a Cogmed session, the program has approximately 8 exercises that the individual will complete. They will complete one exercise at a time until all of them are completed. The training is designed to be an intensive program.
The sessions last from 10-45 minutes depending on age and should take place 3-5 times a week. At the end of each session, the individual is rewarded by playing a game of RoboRacing.
Research studies using Cogmed working memory training have consistently found that on completion, 80% have significantly improved their working memory capacity.
Results have also shown that there are improvements in attention, learning in the classroom, the ability to reason, controlling impulsive behaviours, non-verbal problem solving, reading comprehension and mathematical problem solving.
If you meet the criteria outlined and wish to participate, please click on the link below to complete this anonymous and confidential 10 minute survey.