Cogmed working memory training: Does the evidence support the claims?

Zach Shipstead, Kenny L. Hicks, Randall W. Engle

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Cogmed working memory training is sold as a tool for improving cognitive abilities, such as attention and reasoning. At present, this program is marketed to schools as a means of improving underperforming students' scholastic performance, and is also available at clinical practices as a treatment for ADHD. We review research conducted with Cogmed software and highlight several concerns regarding methodology and replicability of findings. We conclude that the claims made by Cogmed are largely unsubstantiated, and recommend that future research place greater emphasis on developing theoretically motivated accounts of working memory training.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-193
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Memory and Cognition
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes



  • ADHD
  • Attention training
  • Cogmed
  • General fluid intelligence
  • Working memory
  • Working memory training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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