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The Jury Is Still Out on Working Memory Training

Benjamin Katz, MS1; Priti Shah, PhD1
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1Department of Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(9):907-908. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1237.
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To the Editor Roberts et al1 present the results of a randomized clinical trial comparing a commercially available working memory (WM) intervention, Cogmed (Pearson), with an education-as-usual control for children screened for low WM capacity. Although they found some improvements in WM, there was no benefit on academic achievement measures 6 months following intervention. The authors imply that Cogmed is not worth the considerable cost in time, effort, and financial resources required to carry out a large-scale program of training.


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September 1, 2016
Gehan Roberts, PhD
1Population Health, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia2Centre for Community Child Health, Royal Children’s Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia3Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170(9):908. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1240.
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