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Study: Cogmed Program Improves Self-Esteem, Not ADHD Symptoms

January 18, 2021A Cogmed working memory training program modified for youth with ADHD improves self-esteem in participants, but it does not reliably improve ADHD symptoms, according to a recent Journal of Attention Disorders study.1Though previous research has found that working memory training programs like Cogmed improve performance on closely related working memory tasks, the duration of these gains remained unclear and benefits did not appear to extend to other domains of function. Researchers for the present study suggested that the standard Cogmed protocol for youth was potentially too taxing for the ADHD brain, and sought to explore the potential effectiveness of a modified Cogmed training program.A group of 40 youth with ADHD underwent modified Cogmed training (MCT) or treatment as usual (CON).

MCT was delivered in a hospital clinic by a dedicated coach in relatively short sessions distributed over a more protracted period than typical Cogmed training. Assessments were completed at baseline, post-intervention, and three months after the intervention.Participants who completed MCT reported improved feelings of confidence and self-esteem, an effect that was sustained over time.

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January 18, 2021A Cogmed working memory training program modified for youth with ADHD improves self-esteem in participants, but it does not reliably improve ADHD symptoms, according to a recent Journal of Attention Disorders study.1Though previous research has found that working memory training programs like Cogmed improve performance on closely related working memory tasks, the duration of these gains remained unclear and benefits did not appear to extend to other domains of function. Researchers for the present study suggested that the standard Cogmed protocol for youth was potentially too taxing for the ADHD brain, and sought to explore the potential effectiveness of a modified Cogmed training program.A group of 40 youth with ADHD underwent modified Cogmed training (MCT) or treatment as usual (CON).
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