An investigation of Cogmed working memory training for neurological surgery patients

TitleAn investigation of Cogmed working memory training for neurological surgery patients
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsLiberta TA, Kagiwada M, Ho K, Spat-Lemus J, Voelbel GT, Kohn A, Perrine K, Josephs L, McLean EA, Sacks-Zimmerman A
JournalInterdisciplinary Neurosurgery


Cognitive dysfunction is prevalent amongst individuals who have undergone neurosurgical intervention, significantly impacting daily functioning and quality of life. The aim of this pilot study was to investigate the impact of Cogmed Working Memory Training (CWMT), a five-week, home-based, computerized cognitive rehabilitation intervention, within a neurosurgical population.


Thirty adult participants who underwent neurosurgical intervention, regardless of etiology, were included in this study. Participants were administered a neuropsychological battery at three time points post-neurosurgical intervention: (a) at baseline, prior to engaging in CWMT; (b) within two weeks of completing the training; and (c) after three months of completing the training.


Following CWMT, participants demonstrated significant improvement on measures of attention, working memory, processing speed, verbal learning, and memory. In addition, participants reported significant improvement in quality of life (i.e., physical, social, emotional, and functional well-being), mood (i.e., anxiety and depression), and neurobehavioral functioning (i.e., apathy).


Results suggest that CWMT may improve aspects of cognitive and functional outcomes for neurosurgical patients.