Cogmed Working Memory Training
Why is Working Memory Important?
Working memory is the cognitive function responsible for keeping information online, manipulating it, and using it in your thinking. It is the way that you delegate the things you encounter to the parts of your brain that can take action. In this way, working memory is necessary for staying focused on a task, blocking out distractions, and keeping you updated and aware about what’s going on around you.
We use our working memory constantly in daily life. It helps us to perform efficiently and effectively in academic, professional, and social settings. Cogmed exists to help you improve your working memory to be better equipped to meet challenges.
Who is Affected by Working Memory Deficits?
There are three types of deficits in working memory: native, acquired, and environmental deficits. Some people are born with native deficits in working memory, including those with ADHD and other learning disabilities. Others acquire working memory deficits after traumas such as stroke victims, pediatric cancer survivors, and war veterans who have experienced traumatic brain injury. Aging is the most common cause of acquired working memory deficits. Still others are affected by stressful and demanding environments.
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