COGMED Working Memory Training

Working memory is key to the brain's processing capacity. It is vital for concentration, reasoning, learning and resisting distractions.

Cogmed is the single most scientifically validated method that improves working memory and attention.

Welcome to the Cogmed Working memory Training Program. Cogmed is designed to improve working Memory capacity through a 5 week online training program.

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You can also try the demo version here:

The program costs include 5 weeks of access to the Cogmed training program, pre and post assessment formulation, coaching calls, intake meeting and final report back meetings with our Certified Cogmed Coach, Candice Hamilton-Miller.

The cost is currently $1650+hst. Discounts are available if multiple family members are doing the program.

*Prices Subject to change without notice

What is Working Memory and why is it important?

Working memory is the ability to hold information in your mind, focus on a task, and remember what to do next. It plays a major role in attention, concentration, reading comprehension, mental math, problem- solving and getting projects done in a timely way. More than an high IQ, a strong working memory is key for success in school and on the job.

Working memory is often responsible for the gap between performance and potential.

Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT) is a do-it-at-home, computer-based program assisted by a qualified Cogmed coach. The goal is to improve attention by training working memory in children and adults. No need for office visits. More than any other program that claims to improve working memory, CWMT is scientifically validated by placebo-controlled clinical studies published in respected professional journals with on-going research at several leading international. universities.

80% of those who complete Cogmed training see significant and lasting benefits. For more information about this program and the benefits it can offer your patients, please go to

Who can benefit from Cogmed?

Cogmed is for children and adults who are constrained by their working memory. Working Memory problems can happen for several reasons, but the typical Cogmed user falls into one of three main groups:

  1. Individuals who have struggled with attention and learning all their lives – sometimes with serious problems in the form of ADHD or Learning Disability.

  2. Individuals who have had a brain injury, stroke, or other insult to the brain, reducing their working memory capacity.

  3. Individuals who find their ability to focus is diminishing due to the normal effects of aging, or because of increased cognitive demands and informational overload.

Cogmed users are people who find they are not doing as well as they could, academically or professionally, given their intelligence and their efforts. They have discussed their situation with a Cogmed Qualified Practice and determined that training working memory is the right action in their individual case. 80% of those who complete Cogmed training see significant and lasting benefits.

The Cogmed training method consists of 25, computerized training sessions, each 30-45 minutes long. Each session consists of a selection of various tasks that target the different aspects of working memory. The training is done on a computer at home, in school, or at work. The training program is five weeks long with five sessions every week. It is a rigorous program designed to improve working memory through intensive and systematic training. More recent research indicates that for specific challenges, a slower training protocol can be used with comparable results in efficacy.

The training is always led by a Cogmed Qualified Coach who works with the user to provide structure, motivation, and feedback on the progress.

The program is challenging and rewarding, and for the best possible training effects, sustained effort is necessary. This is why there is always a Cogmed Qualified Coach involved. Cogmed has a proven track record of providing users with excellent support and results in all settings where Cogmed is available.

The published research, which rivals any other working memory program, and our experience has shown the CWMT improves:

  • Working memory capacity

  • Attention and concentration

  • Math and reading comprehension

  • Independence with homework

  • Self-esteem

  • Social skills, namely impulsivity and self control

The research also shows that CWMT correlates with increases in brain activity as noted in MRI studies,

neuropsychological testing and observer report.

The program can make a big difference but it is not a magical solution to every problem. We need to be clear, concrete and realistic about how it can help. The published research provides evidence that the program can improve:

  • ability to focus

  • ability to resist distractions

  • ability to control impulses.

  • ability to remember instructions

Although the research has not yet demonstrated other benefits our experience and that of other Cogmed practitioners also suggests that some people have show improvement in:

  • ability to complete assignments independently

  • complex reasoning

  • performance in math and reading comprehension

  • social awareness improvement in social skills

There is no mystery behind Cogmed training effects – this is how it works:

The Cogmed program delivers substantial and lasting benefits. There is a straightforward and research-based explanation for the mechanisms delivering the effects

  1. Very focused design – working memory improvement - The program challenges the user’s working memory capacity. The computerized, cognitive exercises are designed by neuroscientists to target this key cognitive function that has been proven to be fundamental to executive function and attention. The details of the exercise design allow the program to be very focused and yet provide slight variations. The logic is very much like in the case of the fitness machines used for building muscle strength in a gym. Cogmed is highly focused, cognitive weightlifting.

  2. Finely tuned difficulty level – you are always challenged - The difficulty level of the training is adjusted in real time by the software based on the user’s performance. The highly fine-tuned calibration means that every Cogmed user will always be training at the very edge of his or her cognitive capacity. This is true for many people, from a young child with severely impaired capacity, to an adult in good cognitive shape. Whoever you are, Cogmed training will challenge your brain – and improve it.

  3. Highly personal support ensures you will complete the training. - The program is carefully designed, rigorous, and focused on a key cognitive function. But to have strong real life effects, it also has to be used in the right way. This is why Cogmed training is always supported by a Cogmed-trained coach. The coach makes sure the user has the right profile for the training, and that the timing is right. The coach is responsible for providing the motivation, support, and feedback necessary to get the most out the training. Thanks to the Cogmed coaches, 90% of Cogmed users complete their training.