Brain Training Research
Brain Training Research – Proof Positive
A woman recently told us that LearningRx brain training transformed her withdrawn, frustrated third-grader into a happy, confident student. This mom needed no scientific data to convince her that one-on-one brain training works. But moms aren’t the only ones who are convinced: A growing body of scientific research documents the science behind our programs as well as the results of our training. See the research below.
The following white papers examine a variety of topics related to brain science, and are written by researchers and other professionals. For example, one of the authors, Dr. Lori Bryan, holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and has more than 15 years of experience in scientific writing, including writing more than 25 peer-reviewed publications, abstracts and presentations in neuroscience, cancer biology, and aging.
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The completed studies below provide a comprehensive analysis of gains experienced by LearningRx clients.
In this doctoral dissertation, Brian Pfister studied the scores of 1,277 adolescents, tested before and after cognitive rehabilitation therapy, to determine what kind of impact the cognitive exercises had on students’ working memory and processing speed. The cognitive rehabilitation therapy in which the students participated was LearningRx one-on-one brain training. Students were tested before and after LearningRx brain training using the Woodcock Johnson III, a third-party, standardized cognitive skills assessment used by psychologists, educators and other professionals across the nation. Pfister’s findings were that, in the students studied, LearningRx brain training improved processing speed by an average of 15 percentile points, and also increased age-equivalency scores by 2.27 years. In working memory, the gains were even greater: LearningRx brain training improved working memory by an average of 21 percentile points, and the increase in age equivalence was 3.34 years. In his conclusion, Pfister writes, “This study definitely answers the question as to whether cognitive rehabilitation therapy works. The answer is an emphatic ‘yes.’”
Brain Training Research: 2011 LearningRx Results Report
At LearningRx, we measure the cognitive skills of every student before and after brain training. In other words, we not only get unmatched results from our brain training programs, we are able to measure those results scientifically. In our 2011 Results Report, you’ll find proof of the life changing gains our students experience as a result of one-on-one brain training at LearningRx. Click here to download our 2011 LearningRx Results Report.
Brain Training Research: Doctoral Dissertation Examines the Real-Life Benefits of Cognitive Training
In this doctoral dissertation, Dr. Edward Jedlicka uses an observational survey completed by parents to evaluate whether LearningRx brain training produced noticeable, real-life improvements in their children. Jedlicka’s research examined the impact of LearningRx brain training on cognitive skills, academic success, and oppositional behavior. Students participating in Jedlicka’s research fit into one of three groups: students involved in LearningRx’s ReadRx (a sound-to-code reading training that teaches both reading and spelling concurrently), students involved in ThinkRx (intense training targeting seven core areas of cognitive skills), and a control group of students who were not exposed to either program. The study revealed that, for students involved in ReadRx or ThinkRx brain training, cognition and academic success increased significantly. Behavior also improved for these students, though not significantly. Students who did not complete a cognitive skills training program showed no improvement in any of these areas.
Brain Training Research: Pilot TBI Program with Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs
LearningRx, in partnership with the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, completed a pilot program to train and improve the cognitive functioning of 15 volunteer active duty service men and women who were suffering from TBI. The results of the study showed significant improvement in all seven areas of cognitive functioning, including the elimination of symptoms such as memory loss, poor concentration and difficulty organizing thoughts. Here is just one of the testimonials from a study participant: “Thank you for being a bright light in a dark place.” For details of the study, including pre-and-post testing results and additional testimonials, click the link above.
Brain Training Research: 2009 Study
In this Doctoral Thesis, Dr. Alicia Luckey confirmed that LearningRx Cognitive Skills Training Program resulted in statistically significant improvements in General Intellectual Ability (GIA). The improvements were close to one full standard deviation (14 points). Standard deviations are a way to measure the spread from what is “average” for a particular sample. In addition, the report showed that in areas of Working Memory and Sound Awareness, participants experienced improvements that were nearly as impressive at 2/3 of a standard deviation (10 points), while in the area of Word Attack skills, participants gained 5 standard score points. The study also revealed that these gains were consistent across the board, whether students were reported to have ADHD, reading disabilities, or no disability at all.
Brain Training Research: 2009 Test Results (Control Group Study)
“The LearningRx training system was developed to train and enhance cognitive learning skills. The LearningRx training procedures consist of tasks that emphasize auditory or visual processes and that require attention and reasoning throughout…these results suggest the LearningRx cognitive skills training can result in greater growth and that the program is worthy of further research.”
Dick Carpenter, Ph.D., conducted this Control Group Study testing the effects of LearningRx training (both basic cognitive skills training and reading training) on 61 students age 6 to 16. The 12-page report details Dr. Carpenter’s findings.
Brain Training Research: 2006 Test Results (lowest quartile)
Doctoral Student Alicia J. Luckey, M.A., Educational Psychology, Arizona State University, performed an in-depth analysis documenting the effect of LearningRx training on 2,080 students who completed programs in 2006. Of special interest is the demographic sample; due to the nature of the program, which focuses on improving weaker cognitive skill areas, students whose scores fell in the lowest 25% of the sample were analyzed. This 13-page report gives insights into LearningRx’s effectiveness as a training tool for students struggling with both basic learning and reading competency.
Brain Training Research – Additional Research Documents
LearningRx Informational Sheets and Test Results:
- Independent Analysis of 2005 Test Results
An analysis of pre- and post-test results from 1265 LearningRx training graduates by Roxana Marachi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Child & Adolescent Development, California State University/Northridge (12-pgs)
- Who LearningRx Can Help
A Summary Document of Who LearningRx Can Help (2-pgs)
Strong Foundation – Early Start Learning and Reading (2-pgs)
- TBI – Traumatic Brain Injury
Recovering Cognitive Function After Trauma (2-pgs)
- ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Improving Attention Through Cognitive Training (2-pgs)
- Reading and Auditory Processing Issues
Improving the Ability to Decipher and Decode Words (2-pgs)
- Individuals with Memory Issues
Improving Recall Ability (2-pgs)
Enrichment Training for College-Bound Students (2-pgs)
- The Autism Spectrum
Help for Students in the Autism Spectrum (Autism, Asperger’s, and Pervasive Developmental Disorder) (2-pgs)
- Senior Adults
Lifelong Mental Fitness (2-pgs)
- The Model of Learning
The LearningRx Learning Model Showing How Cognitive Skill Efficiency Relates to Academic Performance (1-pg)
- Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD) Testing Results
The Impact of LearningRx Training (9-pgs)