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Child Neuropsychol. 2012;18(1):62-78. doi: 10.1080/09297049.2011.575772. Epub 2011 Jun 21.

Working memory training improves reading processes in typically developing children.

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Department of Psychology, University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland.


The goal of this study was to investigate whether a brief cognitive training intervention results in a specific performance increase in the trained task, and whether there are transfer effects to other nontrained measures. A computerized, adaptive working memory intervention was conducted with 9- to 11-year-old typically developing children. The children considerably improved their performance in the trained working memory task. Additionally, compared to a matched control group, the experimental group significantly enhanced their reading performance after training, providing further evidence for shared processes between working memory and reading.

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