Cogmed Working Memory Training in Boulder, Colorado

Leland M. Johnston, MD, Cogmed-Trained Coach    Executive Function Training offers Cogmed, an online training program developed by neuroscientists to expand working memory. Working memory is vital to the executive function of the brain which integrates and executes cognitive operations throughout the brain. The Cogmed training has been documented in independently controlled studies in the US and abroad to strengthen working memory. These improvements in working memory through Cogmed training are sustained and are expressed as enhanced concentration, cognitive processing, and learning.

    The Cogmed training has combined evidence-based neuroscience with advanced computer programming. The program is accomplished in 25 training sessions conducted during five weeks of five sessions per week. Each session is 30-45 minutes of systematic training of various tasks that are continually adapting to ensure that the trainee will always be challenged to an optimal level for training working memory.

    The coaching that is provided by Executive Function Training is essential to achieve the best results. The following outlines the process to complete the training:

  1. Initial Interview, often conducted by phone, to offer information and answer questions
  2. Start-up Session with the trainee (including the parents of a young trainee) is conducted by Leland Johnston, M.D. to structure the training experience, review expectations and set goals. The coach assigned to the trainee will be present to begin coordination of the training. Also, a training aide may be assigned to work much more closely with any trainee when deemed necessary to achieve a successful outcome.
  3. Five Weeks of Training with weekly coaching calls to facilitate and complete the training
  4. Wrap-up Session with the trainee (including the parents of a young trainee) is conducted by Leland Johnston, M.D. and the coach to review the training outcomes, assess the achievement of goals and explore new insights
  5. Six Months Follow-up Session with the trainee (including the parents of a young trainee) is conducted by Leland Johnston, M.D. and the coach to review fully emerged training effects after the six month interim.
  6. One Year Follow-up Session with the trainee (including the parents of a young trainee) is conducted by Leland Johnston, M.D. and the coach to review fully emerged training effects after one year.