Peer-reviewed research shows Cogmed is an effective intervention

Since 2002, researchers have investigated the efficacy of Cogmed training in a variety of sample populations. Listed below are Cogmed training studies that have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals, including several randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trials, and evaluations by research with no affiliation to Cogmed.

The populations studied include youth with ADHD and/or working memory deficits, adult stroke victims, adults with brain injuries, typically developing preschoolers, and healthy adults. The software and protocol used in these studies is the very same as that used every day by clinicians in the Cogmed network around the world – review our research strategy.

In addition to the published studies shown below, a table summarizing work presented at peer-reviewed scientific meetings along with ongoing Cogmed studies can be found here.

We also provide a free webinar about Cogmed research hosted by clinical psychologists Dr. Charles Shinaver and Dr. Peter Entiwistle – see the upcoming schedule.

You can view a presentation by Dr. Joni Holmes form Northumbria University on
two important studies using Cogmed training.

YearPublicationTitleAuthorAbstract
2013Educational PsychologyTaking working memory training from the laboratory into schoolsHolmes & GathercoleLink to full article
2013American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental DisabilitiesComputerized memory training leads to sustained improvement in visuo-spatial short term memory skills in children with Down syndromeBennett et al.In Press
2013PediatricsWorking memory training improves cognitive function in VLBW preschoolersGrunewaldt et al.Link to abstract
2013Memory & CognitionExploration of an adaptive training regimen that can target the secondary memory component of working memory capacityGibson et al.In Press
2013Developmental PsychologyDoes working memory training lead to generalized improvements in children with low working memory? A randomized controlled trialDunning et al.In press
2012Frontiers in Human NeuroscienceWorking-memory training in younger and older adults: Training gains, transfer and maintenanceBrehmer et al.Link to abstract
2012NeurotherapeuticsWill working memory training generalize to improve off-task behavior in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?Green et al.Link to abstract
2012Scandinavian Journal of Occupational TherapyWorking memory training for patients with acquired brain injury: effects in daily lifeJohansson & TornmalmLink to abstract
2012Journal of Child Psychology and PsychiatryEffects of a computerized working memory training program on working memory, attention, and academics in adolescents with severe LD and comorbid ADHD; a randomized controlled trialGray et al.Link to abstract
2012Journal of Child Psychology and PsychiatryEffects of a computerized working memory training program on working memory, attention, and academics in adolescents with severe LD and comorbid ADHD; a randomized controlled trialGray et al.Link to abstract
2012Psycho-OncologyWorking memory training in survivors of pediatric cancer: A randomized pilot studyHardy et al.Link to abstract
2012Frontiers in Human NeuroscienceComputerized training of non-verbal reasoning and working memory in children with intellectual disabilityComputerized training of non-verbal reasoning and working memory in children with intellectual disabilityLink to abstract
2011Learning and Individual DifferencesThe impact of working memory training in young people with social, emotional and behavioral difficultiesRoughan & HadwinLink to abstract
2011 NeuroImageNeural correlates of training-related working-memory gains in old ageBrehmer et al.Link to abstract
2011 ScienceInterventions shown to aid executive function development in children 4 to 12 years oldDiamond & LeeLink to abstract
2011 NeuropsychologiaPreliminary evidence that allelic variation in the LMX1A gene influences training related working memory improvementBellander et al.Link to abstract
2011Developmental Psychology Dopamine, working memory, and training induced plasticity: Implications for developmental researchSöderqvist et al.Link to abstract
2011Child NeuropsychologyComponent analysis of verbal versus spatial working memory training in adolescents with ADHD: A randomized, controlled trialGibson et al.Link to abstract
2011Developmental ScienceGains in fluid intelligence after training non-verbal reasoning in 4-year-old children: A controlled randomized studyBergman Nutley et al.Link to abstract
2011Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing ResearchWorking memory training for children with cochlear implants: A pilot studyKronenberger et al.Link to abstract
2010Applied Cognitive PsychologyImpacts of training and medication on working memory on ADHD ChildrenHolmes et al.Link to abstract
2010Brain InjuryComputerized training of working memory in a group of patients suffering from acquired brain injuryLundqvist et al.Link to abstract
2010The Journal of PediatricsComputerized working memory training improves function in adolescents born at extremely low birth weightLøhaugen et al.Link to abstract
2010Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent PsychologyA controlled trial of working memory training for children and adolescents with ADHDBeck et al.Link to abstract
2010Trends in Cognitive SciencesTraining and plasticity of working memoryKlingberg et al.Link to abstract
2010Reading and WritingEffects of working memory training on reading in children with special needsDahlinLink to abstract
2010School Mental HealthWorking memory training for children with attention problemsMezzacappa et al.Link to abstract
2009ScienceChanges in cortical D1 receptor binding after cognitive trainingMcNab et al.Link to abstract
2009Neuroscience LettersWorking memory plasticity modulated by dopamine transporter genotypeBrehmer et al.Link to abstract
2009Developmental ScienceTraining leads to sustained enhancement of poor working memory in childrenHolmes et al.Link to abstract
2008Developmental ScienceTraining and transfer effects of executive functions in preschoolersThorell et al.Link to abstract
2007Physiology and BehaviorChanges in cortical activity after training of working memory – a single-subject analysisWesterberg & KlingbergLink to abstract
2007Brain InjuryComputerized working memory training after stroke – a pilot studyWesterberg et al.Link to abstract
2005JAACAPComputerized training of working memory of children with ADHDKlingberg et al.Link to abstract
2004Nature NeuroscienceIncreased prefrontal and parietal activity after training of working memoryOlesen et al.Link to abstract
2002J. of Clinical & Experimental NeuropsychologyTraining of working memory in children with ADHDKlingberg et al.Link to abstract