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Clinical Trials Update
June 28, 2016

Brain Training Does Not Improve Academic Outcomes in Kids

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JAMA. 2016;315(24):2656. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.7816

Training programs designed to enhance working memory are popular methods to boost academic performance in young children with learning disabilities, despite a lack of evidence of long-term benefits. Researchers evaluated the computerized Cogmed Working Memory Training program, the most widely used working memory intervention, and found there was no improvement in academic outcomes after the intervention was given to children with low working memory (Roberts G et al. JAMA Pediatr. 2016;170[5]:e154568).