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

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 abstract. (Full article in press.)

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., & 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). http://www.covd.org/?page=VDR_1_2

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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