Cognitive Training Research

Cognitive training is the delivery of intense but game-like mental exercises that target the development of specific cognitive skills.  Research activities in this area include pre-test/post-test quasi-experimental and experimental designs, prediction studies on archived student data, and pilot testing of new and revised cognitive training procedures delivered one-on-one by cognitive trainers or through interaction with a digital delivery platform.

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations

Jedlicka, E. (2017). LearningRx cognitive training for children and adolescents ages 5-18: Effects on academic skills, behavior, and cognition. Frontiers in Education, 2(62). doi: 10.3389/feduc.2017.00062 Link to abstract (full article pending)

Moore, A.L., Ledbetter, C., & Carpenter, D. (2017).  MRI and neuropsychological outcomes following cognitive rehabilitation training in traumatic brain injury: A Multiple case study.  Presentation at Society for Neuroscience, November 2017, Washington, DC.  Link to results

Ledbetter, C., Moore, A.L., Mitchell, T. (2017). Cognitive effects of ThinkRx cognitive rehabilitation training for eleven soldiers with brain injury: A retrospective chart review.  Frontiers in Psychology, 8(825). doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00825  Link to article.

Carpenter, D., Ledbetter, C., & Moore, A.L. (2016). LearningRx cognitive training effects in children ages 8-14: A randomized controlled study.  Applied Cognitive Psychology, 30(5)doi: 10.1002/acp.3257  Link to article

Ledbetter, C., Faison, M.O., Hill, O., & Patterson, J. (2016). Correlation of cognitive training gains and resting state functional connectivity. Presented at Society for Neuroscience, November 2016, San Diego, CA. Link to results

Moore, A.L., Ledbetter, C., & Carpenter, D.M. (2016). Intensive, metronome-based, 1-on-1 cognitive training improves cognitive skills in children. Presented at Society for Neuroscience, November 2016, San Diego, CA. Link to results

Gibson, K., Carpenter, D., Moore, A.L., & Mitchell, T. (2015). Training the brain to learn: Beyond vision therapy.  Vision Development and Rehabilitation, 1(2). Link to article

Recent Completed Trials

Cognitive Outcomes for Students with ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial on LearningRx Cognitive Training
PIs: Dick Carpenter, PhD (University of Colorado Colorado Springs) and Christina Ledbetter, PhD (LSU Health Sciences Center)
June 2015-January 2016
manuscript in second peer review

Transfer Effects from Two Methods of Delivering Cognitive Training to Children with Learning Struggles: A Randomized Controlled Trial
PIs: Dick Carpenter, PhD (University of Colorado Colorado Springs) and Christina Ledbetter, PhD (LSU Health Sciences Center)
June 2016-June 2017
manuscript in peer review

Current Areas of Study

Cognitive Training and Traumatic Brain Injury
(ClinicalTrials.gov NCT#02918994)

Cognitive Training and ADHD
(ClinicalTrials.gov NCT# 02917109)

Multidisciplinary Approach to Treating Mild Cognitive Impairment
(ClinicalTrials.gov NCT# 02943187)

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