May 22, 2007
By: Alvaro Fernandez
One of the companies presenting atÃ‚Â our panel on Brain Fitness at Neurotech Industry Conference, May 17th in San Francisco, was Cogmed. They offer a working memory training program focused now on kids with attention deficits. What was exciting in the panel was to hearÃ‚Â how Cogmed is helping kids train working memory, Posit Science is helping (mostly) seniors train auditory processing, and there is a growing field starting to provide structured brain exercise to people of all ages with different priorities and needs.
The ChicagoÃ‚Â Tribune has an article today titled Giving a child a better mind. Quotes:
- “Working memory is the ability to store information in the brain for a short time, typically a few seconds. In daily life, working memory helps people remember instructions, solve problems, control impulses and focus attention.”
- “Cogmed Working Memory Training, developed by Swedish brain researcher Dr. Torkel Klingberg, features video game software on an engaging robot interface. The research-validated program has been successful in Europe, and now is being offered in the United States.”
- “The program may not apply to everyone with attention deficit, according to Graham, because not all people with ADD have a deficit in working memory. Schools or psychologists can determine whether children are candidates for Cogmed.”
- “The way Becky remembers how things should be done has translated into math and spelling,” Debby said. “Becky has also developed a tremendous sense of patience when taking a test. She takes her time. She doesn’t allow anybody to intimidate her if others are done first.”
- Because Becky’s processing has become much clearer, her bedroom is neater too, Debby added. “She remembers where she puts things. She now has an innate sense of organization.”
For more information, you can check out CogmedÃ‚Â website and our interviews with
- Dr. Torkel Klingberg, professor at Karolinska Institute, and director of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, part of the Stockholm Brain Institute.
- Dr. Bradley Gibson, associate professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame.
- Prof. David Rabiner, Senior Research Scientist and the Director of Psychology and Neuroscience Undergraduate Studies at Duke University.