What is Working Memory?
Working memory refers to our brain’s ability to store and manipulate information for brief periods of time simultaneously. It is vital in doing day-to-day tasks. It is a core executive function that employs various parts of the brain such as the parietal cortex and the frontal cortex. It enables us to remember what to focus on or what to do next. It is responsible for pieces of information that come and go. It is also referred as the “mental workspace”.
There are two kinds of working memory: auditory working memory and the visual-spatial memory. The auditory working memory is responsible for storing what you hear and visual-spatial memory stores what you see. These two memories are to be accessed and used simultaneously when you are doing something even while other newer information is stored and used.
Working Memory and Learning
The working memory plays an important role and is responsible for different learning aspects. When the working memory is flawed, there can be problems arising from these learning areas and can cause other long-term effects:
- Remembering instructions
- Maths and problem-solving
- Paying close attention
Children who have poor working memory skills for their age are at risk of developing learning difficulties in reading and maths. Over 85% children with poor working memory have learning difficulties in either reading or maths while 70% have both learning difficulties in both
There are other disorders that cause impairment in the working memory.
- Reading difficulties
- Down and Williams syndrome
- Following on from a brain injury
- Following on from a stroke
How does Cogmed Working Memory Work?
There are three versions of Cogmed Working Memory Training to choose from:
- Young children/adolescents
Training lasts for between 20-25 training sessions and each training session lasts for between 30-45 minutes
The program is adaptive, where a trainee gets to improve his/her cognitive level as the difficulty level of the training tasks increases. The increasing levels of difficulty greatly help the trainees in working with their maximum ability level throughout training.
However, this is not a one-size-fits-all solution. Cogmed is training that allows participants enhance abilities to focus and curb distractions. This will significantly help users academically, socially, and professionally. When you invest in a Cogmed training, a Cogmed coach will support users throughout the training. To help users get the most out of the program.
To know more about the Cogmed Working Memory Training and how it can help in managing your ADHD, please contact us here at the ADHD Centre to connect with a Specialist Cogmed Coach now.