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Effects of Cognitive Training on Academic Task Performance in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (Cog-RAST)

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of California, Davis Identifier:
First received: April 30, 2010
Last updated: May 26, 2017
Last verified: May 2017
Impaired WM is a central deficit in ADHD. A computerized training program, Cogmed, has been shown to increase WM capacity in children with ADHD. It is not known whether the training improves behavior associated with classroom learning, such as remaining on-task and inhibiting off- task behavior. The aim of this study is to utilize ecologically valid measures to investigate training's effect on observable ADHD behavior in conjunction with more standard measures. Subjects will be randomly assigned to a Cogmed versus an active "placebo" condition in which the tasks do not increase in difficulty level in a double-blinded fashion. The effects of the active Cogmed versus placebo computer training will be compared on measures in children with ADHD.

Condition Intervention
ADHD Attention Behavioral: Cognitive training Behavioral: Cognitive training-placebo

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Triple (Participant, Care Provider, Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Pilot Testing of Cognitive Training on Academic Task Performance in Children With Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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Further study details as provided by University of California, Davis:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Restricted Academic Situations Task [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Assessment of on-task type behavior while doing a simulated academic task.

  • Working memory measures [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Assess memory and working memory functioning on computer and or RA administered tests.

  • Rating scales [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Parent and teacher ratings of behavior and attention

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Fluency and attention measures [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Measures of fluency and attentional functioning.

  • Self-control and executive functioning measures [ Time Frame: 6 weeks ]
    Attention and working memory components can affect delay discounting and self-control measures. This measure will assess for change in behavior and ratings associated with executive functioning.

Enrollment: 26
Study Start Date: January 2008
Study Completion Date: January 2013
Primary Completion Date: January 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Cogmed cognitive training
Computerized working memory, attention and cognitive tasks
Behavioral: Cognitive training
Cognitive computerized training for several days per week.
Other Name: Cogmed
Active Comparator: Active placebo
Cognitive training, however the training does not increase in difficulty, or does so to a minimal degree.
Behavioral: Cognitive training-placebo
Cognitive training that only minimally increases in difficulty
Other Name: Cogmed placebo


Ages Eligible for Study:   7 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Age range 7-14
  2. At least average academic and intellectual functioning via parent report.
  3. Must have ADHD (by parent report of previous diagnosis or per telephone screening checklist - to be confirmed via interview and ratings)
  4. Attentional, hyperactive or impulsive symptoms that interfere with functioning.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Diagnosis of severe mental illness for example, psychotic, bipolar or major depressive disorder, (by history)
  2. Mental retardation (by history)
  3. English is not the primary language
  4. Family does not have a computer
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01124721

United States, California
UCaliforniaDavis MIND Institute
Sacramento, California, United States, 95825
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of California, Davis
Principal Investigator: Julie Schweitzer, PhD University of California, Davis
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of California, Davis Identifier: NCT01124721     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 200816598
Study First Received: April 30, 2010
Last Updated: May 26, 2017

Keywords provided by University of California, Davis:
Cognitive training

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Attention Deficit and Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Neurodevelopmental Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017