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How is Cogmed different?
Many products are marketed aggressively to people who struggle with attention, but Cogmed’s solutions stand out as it is fundamental cognitive training, not skills learning.
Cogmed does not teach you new skills. 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.
Focused solution, substantial benefits: Cogmed is not a one-size-fits-all answer. Cogmed is a solution that improves working memory allowing you to focus and resist distractions better. This will help you academically, socially, and professionally. Other companies make wide claims, but are vague about the specifics of what is being improved. Cogmed’s approach is specific and effective.
Solid research: Cogmed is based on peer-reviewed, published research by leading scientists. No other attention training products can match the research case behind Cogmed.
Professional service: When you decide to invest in Cogmed training, a Cogmed-trained coach will support you throughout your training. This is not a product – it is a high quality service. You will be helped to get the most out of your effort.
How is Cogmed different from other cognitive training programs?
1. Cogmed Working Memory Training was developed by a world-renowned neuroscientist.
Our program was developed by Dr. Torkel Klingberg, a neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden who has received wide spread recognition for his work. You can learn about Dr. Klingberg and his work by visiting his lab web site at www.klingberglab.se. Dr. Klingberg remains actively involved with Cogmed helping us to further refine and develop the program and conducting ongoing research on its impact.
2. Cogmed Working Memory Training is supported by more published research than any other cognitive training program.
No other cognitive training program has the level of research support that backs Cogmed Working Memory Training. Research supporting Cogmed’s program has been published in the world’s leading scientific journals after undergoing a rigorous peer-review process. Published studies include several randomized, placebo-controlled trials, a type of study considered the gold standard for evaluating treatment effectiveness. Independent research groups that have no affiliation to Cogmed have also demonstrated the value of Cogmed’s program. No other program can make this claim.
3. Cogmed Working Memory Training is only provided through a network of highly experienced physicians and psychologists.
The physicians and psychologists we select to offer our program are highly experienced in assisting children and adults with attention and working memory challenge. These highly experienced clinicians can identify when Cogmed Working Memory Training is an appropriate treatment option and provide a full range of evaluation and treatment services when it is not. Many of our partner clinicians are leaders in their community for the treatment of ADHD and learning problems. Several have been elected to the CHADD Hall of Fame. CHADD is the national support organization for children and adults with ADHD and recognize scientists and clinicians whose contribution to the ADHD field warrants this honor.
4. Cogmed Working Memory Training is the only cognitive training program to focus exclusively on training working memory, a critically important cognitive function.
Working memory is our ability to hold information in mind and to use that information in our thinking to perform tasks. It is essential for attention and focus and plays a critical role in children’s academic achievement. Rather than training a wide array of abilities, the entire Cogmed program is focused on training this critical cognitive function. As noted above, the existing research indicates that this intensive focus is associated with meaningful improvements.
5. Cogmed does not make extravagant claims.
You will never hear Cogmed making claims about curing ADHD or eliminating working memory problems. You will not hear us say that it works for everyone because it does not. The claims we make are ones that are supported by the published research and by the results obtained by professionals around the world who use our program. Based on this research and experience, we can confidently state that approximately 80% of individuals with attention and working memory problems who complete Cogmed training will experience meaningful benefits
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The below table includes studies that validate the Cogmed Working Memory Training program and that have appeared in peer-reviewed, scientific journals.
Below are a sample of published studies that are especially relevant in demonstrating the relationship between working memory and ADHD. All of the studies have been published in top quality scientific journals.
|1997||Psychological Bulletin||Behavioral inhibition, sustained attention, and executive functions: Constructing a unifying theory of ADHD.||Barkley||Link to abstract|
|2002||Nature Neuroscience||Neuroscience of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: the search for endophenotypes||Castellanos et al.||Link to abstract|
|2005||Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry||A meta-analysis of working memory impairments in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.||Martinussen et al.||Link to abstract|
|2008||Journal of Abnormal Psychology||Cognitive inhibition and working memory in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder.||Engelhardt et al.||Link to abstract|
|2009||Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology||Hyperactivity in boys with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): A ubiquitous core symptom or manifestation of working memory deficits?||Rapport et al.||Link to abstract|
|2010||Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology||Competing core processes in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Do working memory deficiencies underlie behavioral inhibition deficits?||Alderson et al.||Link to abstract|
|2010||Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology||ADHD and working memory: The impact of central executive deficits and exceeding storage/rehearsal capacity on observed inattentive behavior.||Kofler et al.||Link to abstract|
|2010||Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology||Working memory demands impair skill acquisition in children with ADHD.||Huang-Pollock et al.||Link to abstract|