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Solving crossword or Sudoku puzzles, playing an instrument, learning a foreign language, or playing chess are all forms of working memory training. These forms of activity, especially in older adults, are commonly regarded as beneficial for maintaining good brain function, just as various forms of physical activity are helpful in keeping fit. However, is it really the case? In her lecture, Doctor Claudia von Bastian from the University of Sheffield will present research results on the efficacy of working memory training in younger and older adults.

The lecture, organized by Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies is a part of the series "Mondays with Cognitive Psychology".

The lecture will be delivered in English. Free admission.

May 20
12:00-13:30
Warsaw

Working memory training does not enhance intelligence: Evidence from younger and older adults

Working memory is a system that allows people to store information and to process it at the same time. The topic of working memory training is currently very popular in cognitive psychology. Some researchers claim that working memory training improves cognitive capabilities and can even improve intelligence. In her lecture, Doctor Claudia von Bastian from the University of Sheffield will present her research results on the efficacy of working memory training in younger and older adults. Her research indicates that a commonly held opinion on the cognitive benefits of the working memory training may be premature.

258 Claudia von Bastian

 

 

Speaker

Claudia von Bastian, Ph.D. – Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield. Her research interests include cognitive plasticity through short-term interventions (e.g. working memory training) and life-long experiences (e.g. bilingualism); individual differences and age-related change in cognitive abilities, in particular executive functions and working memory; and development of Tatool, an open-source experiment software.

 

Various forms of working memory training are becoming increasingly popular in the context of improving cognition, especially in elderly people. Using the results of her research, Doctor Claudia von Bastian will explain what benefits can be realistically expected from a working memory training and what improvements are not feasible.

Katarzyna Zawadzka, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Psychology 

Mondays with Cognitive Psychology

The lecture series, organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies aims to popularize cognitive psychology and to show how the results of research in this field may improve understanding of many processes and help solve everyday problems.

Date and Location

Monday, May 20, 2019, at 12.00-13:30, room S305
Chodakowska 19/31, 03-915, Warszawa, Poland

Organizer

Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Cognitive Studies
Contact: Katarzyna Zawadzka
E-mail: kzawadzka@swps.edu.pl

 
 
 

 

 

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