Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is Cogmed Working Memory Training?
Cogmed Working Memory Training is an evidence-based, computerized training program designed by leading neuroscientists to improve attention by effectively increasing working memory capacity over a 5 week training period.
2. Who is Cogmed training for?
Cogmed training is for people who wish to improve their ability to concentrate and are constrained by their working memory. Cogmed users range from young children to senior adults. Some have diagnosed attention deficits, some have suffered a brain injury, some feel the deteriorating effects of normal aging, and others find they’re not doing as well as they could, academically or professionally, given their intelligence and their efforts.
3. What is working memory and why is it important?
Working memory is an essential cognitive function necessary for a wide-range of tasks related to attention and focus. It is the ability to keep information in your mind for several seconds, manipulate it, and use it in your thinking. It is central to concentration, problem solving, and impulse control. Poor working memory is the source of many problems related to attention and is often linked to ADHD, and other learning disabilities. It is also shown to be a significant deficit following traumatic brain injury.
4. Do the results last?
Yes, our research and our clinical experience show that the effects of Cogmed training last. The reason is that once working memory capacity increases, you naturally continue to use it at its new level, which serves as constant maintenance training. Each Cogmed user also has access to optional Cogmed Extension Training included with the package.
5. Where do our clients do the training?
Clients can either train at home, or at your site. Each user is assigned a unique username and password that will track them on any computer that has the Cogmed program. Many clients train at home and the coaches monitor their statistics online, and provide weekly feedback over the phone. The program is designed so you can configure the training to fit your mode of implementation.
6. How do we monitor their progress for coaching?
Essential to the support is the Cogmed Training Web, which allows the coach to follow each user’s progress in detail over the internet. You can see a quick overview of each day’s training, and drill down task by task and click by click to see how many they are getting right and how much time they are spending. We track their improvement of their performance in each task, and an index of their performance on the whole. The Training Web is also where you generate new user IDs and delegate user to different coaches.
7. What data does Cogmed collect?
All users are anonymous to Cogmed. We know only their generic username, age, and gender, and we gather only data on their performance in the Cogmed program itself.
8. Does insurance cover Cogmed training?
Cogmed training is not typically covered by insurance. In some cases we are aware the Cogmed Working Memory Training, has been incorporated by OT’s, Psychologists, and other Rehabilitation Professionals, as an additional rehabilitation tool. In these cases, direct pay or reimbursement may be possible through the Extended Health and Wellness Benefits of some Insurance Carriers. Additional information may be obtained through your Benefits provider.
9. What kind of research is behind Cogmed?
Cogmed is developed by leading neuroscientists and based on the breakthrough concept that the working memory can be improved through intensive, systematic training. Cogmed is dedicated to providing only products that are proven to be effective in rigorous research. There have been numerous studies that show Cogmed to be effective and apply the golden standard of clinical research: double-blind placebo-controlled designs. Several of the studies have been published in leading, peer-reviewed scientific journals. The work has been done by Cogmed’s founders and by independent teams at leading American and European universities. No other brain training product or attention training method can show this degree of research validation.
10. Is Cogmed training a substitute for medication?
No, it is not. In the case of users on ADHD medication, Cogmed training is a complementary intervention. Stimulant medication and Cogmed training impact the brain in different ways. Medications will have effects that Cogmed training does not, particularly regarding hyperactivity. Cogmed training will also, in many cases, have effects that cannot be achieved by medication only.
11. How is Cogmed different from other types of “brain training”?
Cogmed is different from “brain training programs” in three ways:
2. Cogmed training is provided exclusively by a network of carefully trained and qualified professionals. They make sure each Cogmed user gets the coaching needed for the best possible results.
3. An outstanding track record of strong and lasting effects in our thousands of users in America and around the world show that Cogmed training makes a real difference in people’s lives.
In short: research, coaching, and results. Obviously, the results are what really matter.