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Pearson, world's leading media and education company has launched a revolutionary product in India - Cogmed. ...

Pearson, world's leading media and education company has launched a revolutionary product in India - Cogmed.

An evidence based intervention to improve working memory/attention.

Pearson invites Franchisees to become Cogmed Practice in India.



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  • Cogmed Working Memory Training Informational Webinar Pranjal Barma
  • AgendaIntroductionCogmed in briefWhat is working memoryResearch and Training effectsCogmed Working Memory Training – a solutionQ&A
  • Cogmed Working Memory Training is anevidence-based program that helps children andadults with attention problems focus better byimproving working memory
  • Cogmed in BriefFive days a week for five weeks of computer-based training sessions; supervisedby a coach, trained by Cogmed80% of Cogmed users see improvements – both in research and in clinicalevaluationsThe effects are substantial and lastingBacked by peer-review published researchCogmed training works because it is focused, rigorous, and supportedCustomers are private psychology/psychiatry practices and schoolsStarted in Sweden 2001, part of Pearson since 2010
  • What is working memory?
  • What is working memory? A system that provides temporary storage and manipulation of the information necessary for such complex cognitive tasks as language comprehension, learning and reasoning. (Baddeley, 1992) It is the ability to keep information in your mind for a short period of time (seconds) and be able to use the information in your thinking
  • Working memory is key foracademic performanceAssociated with reading (Gathercole & Pickering, 2000) and mathematic (Geary etal., 2004) ability10-15% of all students have working memory deficits(Alloway et al., 2009)Children with poor working memory make poor academic progress•Of 300 children with poor working memory (Gathercole & Alloway, 2008): o 83% scored poorly on either reading or maths tests the vast majority of these scored poorly in both areas
  • The Development of Working Memory in ADHD Control Working Memory ADHD 95 85 75 65 Correct 55 45 35 25 15 5 7,5 8,5 9,5 10,5 11,5 12,5 13,5 14,5 15,5 Age Westerberg et al. (2004), Visuo-spatial working memory: a sensitive measurement of cognitive deficits in ADHD. Child Neuropsychology 10 (3) 155-61.
  • Signs of working memory constraints Is easily distracted when doing something not highly interesting Has trouble waiting his/her turn Struggles with reading comprehension Struggles doing math calculations in his/her head Struggles with getting started Struggles with completing a task Difficulties when planning and organising something with multiple steps Often seems restless and on the go Loses belongings frequently
  • Cogmed Working Memory Training - a solution
  • The Cogmed method for improving working memoryThe Training Programmes  Cogmed RM  Cogmed QM  Cogmed JMCogmed Coach TrainingCoach support  Cogmed Training Web: start trainings and follow training results  Material to support the coach in coaching  Support to coaches (technical and related to coaching)
  • How do you train your working memory with Cogmed?  Intense training  25 training sessions  30-45 min per session  No settings needed The difficulty level will automatically adjust based on the performance of the users, so that they will always train on the limits of their working memory capacity
  • Three versions of the software Cogmed JM Cogmed RM Cogmed QMPre-school children School-age children Adolescents and adultsAll three versions of the Cogmed software share the sameunderlying design – the difference is in the user interface
  • The Cogmed Training WebAn online tool for the Cogmed Coach to follow and analyse the trainings Is the user training at his/her optimal level? Where did the user miss trials? What time of the day did the training take place? How often is the user taking breaks?
  • Training effects
  • Improvements from Cogmed Working Memory TrainingDouble-blind placebo-controlled studies published in peer-reviewedjournals, show that Cogmed training improves:  Attention  Impulse control  Mathematics  Following instructions 20 studies published on Cogmed to date, both by the Cogmed founders but also by fully independent research teams. More than 30 ongoing and 40 planned studies. For the entire list of published, presented and ongoing studies, visit
  • Children improve math and listeningskills with working memory training Forty-seven children screened for working memory deficits were assigned to the Cogmed training or low intensity training conditions. Training took place in two UK schools. The Cogmed group were associated with substantial and sustained gains in working memory, with age-appropriate levels achieved by the majority of children. Mathematical ability also improved significantly 6 months following adaptive training.
  • Summary of research findingsWM is key to attention and learningWM can be improved by training, using right tool & protocol: CogmedWM can be improved at all age levelsThe improvement can be shown on three levels: fMRI/PET,neuropsychological testing and by rating scalesImproved working memory generalises to behavioral improvementBehavioral improvement is sustainedEffects of WM training are specific: WM and its derived functions areimprovedTraining effects are pronounced in populations with a WM constraint, notdiagnostically driven
  • What do we hear?- They can concentrate better in class Students say- They have a better flow with the school work- They remember better- They enjoy school more - The student is calmer - The student concentrates moreTeachers say - The student performs better on academic tasks - The student has matured - The child communicates better - The child takes more initiatives on her/his own Parents say - The child self-initiates home work without nagging or reminders - The child is more independent
  • Thank you
  • List of the 20 Cogmed studies published to dateIncluding:A) Randomized, Placebo controlled, Double blinded *B) Independent researchers *C) Non-independent researchers
  • *Klingberg et al.,2002 * Mezzacappa & Buckner, 2010Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology School Mental HealthOlsen et al., 2004 *Beck et al., 2010Nature Neuroscience Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology*Klingberg et al., 2005 * Kronenberger et al., 2010Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing ResearchWesterberg & Klingberg, 2007 * Lundqvist et al., 2010Physiology & Behavior Brain InjuryWesterberg et al., 2007 * Løhaugen et al., 2011Brain Injury Journal of Pediatrics* Holmes et al., 2009 Dahlin, 2011Developmental Science Reading and WritingMcNab et al., 2009 *Gibson et al., 2011Science Child NeuropsychologyThorell et al., 2009 *Bergman Nutley et al., 2011Developmental Science Developmental ScienceBrehmer et al., 2009 Brehmer et al., 2011Neuroscience Letters Neuro Image* Holmes et al., 2010 Bellander et al., 2011Applied Cognitive Psychology Neuropsychologia