Journal article

The Effectiveness of Working Memory Training for Children With Low Working Memory

Megan Spencer-Smith, Jon Quach, Fiona Mensah, Gehan Roberts, Susan Gathercole, Melissa Wake, Peter J Anderson



OBJECTIVES: Subgroups of children may benefit more from working memory training than others. In this study, we aimed to examine whether response to the Cogmed Working Memory Training program differed for children with low IQ and elevated attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, emotional and behavioral symptoms, special health care needs, or by sex. METHODS: We used data from the Memory Maestros trial, a population-based randomized controlled trial of the Cogmed program delivered at school (n = 226) compared to usual teaching (n = 226) in grade 1 children (mean age 6.9 years; SD 0.4) with low working memory. Cogmed comprises 20 to 25 sessions of 45-minute duration over 5 to 7 weeks. Childre..

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Awarded by Australian National Health Medical Research Council

Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The Memory Maestros trial was funded by the Australian National Health Medical Research Council as follows: project grant 1005317; Early Career Fellowship 607384 (Dr Roberts); Senior Research Fellowship 1046518 (Dr Wake); Capacity Building grant 425855 and Early Career Fellowship 1035100 (Dr Gold); Senior Research Fellowship 1081288 and Investigator grant 1176077 (Dr Anderson); and Capacity Building grant 436914, Early Career Fellowship 1037449, and Career Development Fellowship 1111160 (Dr Mensah). Dr Quach was funded by an Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award DE140100751. The project also received support through the Centre of Research Excellence in Child Language, which was funded by the Australian National Health Medical Research Council and based at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute, which is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program.