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Cognitive Training

An Overview of Features and Applications

  • Tilo Strobach
  • Julia Karbach

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Tilo Strobach, Julia Karbach
    Pages 1-5
  3. Basic Concepts and Methodology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Florian Schmiedek
      Pages 9-18
  4. Plasticity in Different Age Groups

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. M. Rosario Rueda, Lina M. Cómbita, Joan P. Pozuelos
      Pages 33-44
    3. Sabrina Guye, Christina Röcke, Susan Mérillat, Claudia C. von Bastian, Mike Martin
      Pages 45-55
  5. Plasticity of Different Cognitive Domains

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Tanja Könen, Tilo Strobach, Julia Karbach
      Pages 59-68
    3. Elisabeth Wenger, Yee Lee Shing
      Pages 69-80
    4. Sharda Umanath, Joan Toglia, Mark A. McDaniel
      Pages 81-91
    5. Julia Karbach, Jutta Kray
      Pages 93-103
  6. Multidomain Trainings

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 105-105
    2. C. Shawn Green, Thomas Gorman, Daphne Bavelier
      Pages 107-116
    3. Tilo Strobach, Torsten Schubert
      Pages 117-125
    4. Paul Verhaeghen
      Pages 127-136
    5. Swathi Swaminathan, E. Glenn Schellenberg
      Pages 137-144
    6. Kristell Pothier, Louis Bherer
      Pages 145-153
  7. Cognitive Training in Applied Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155

About this book


This book brings together a cutting edge international team of contributors to critically review the current knowledge regarding the effectiveness of training interventions designed to improve cognitive functions in different target populations. There is substantial evidence that cognitive and physical training can improve cognitive performance, but these benefits seem to vary as a function of the type and the intensity of interventions and the way training-induced gains are measured and analyzed. This book further fulfills the need for clarification of the mechanisms underlying cognitive and neural changes occurring after training. 

This book offers a comprehensive overview of empirical findings and methodological approaches of cognitive training research in different cognitive domains (memory, executive functions, etc.), types of training (working memory training, video game training, physical training, etc.), age groups (from children to young and older adults), target populations (children with developmental disorders, aging workers, MCI patients etc.), settings (laboratory-based studies, applied studies in clinical and educational settings), and methodological approaches (behavioral studies, neuroscientific studies). Chapters feature theoretical models that describe the mechanisms underlying training-induced cognitive and neural changes. ​

Cognitive Training: An Overview of Features and Applications will be of interest to researchers, practitioners, students, and professors in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. 


Clinical application of cognitive training Educational application of cognitive training Individual differences in training-induced benefits Mechanisms of cognitive training effects Motivational effects on cognitive training benefits Replicability of cognitive training studies

Editors and affiliations

  • Tilo Strobach
    • 1
  • Julia Karbach
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyMedical School HamburgHamburgGermany
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyGoethe-University FrankfurtFrankfurt/MainGermany

About the editors

Tilo Strobach finished his doctoral degree at Humboldt University Berlin. After that he held post-doc positions at this university and at LMU Munich. Currently, Tilo Strobach is full professor for cognitive psychology at the Medical School Hamburg. His research focuses on the analysis of cognitive plasticity as a result of training (e.g., video-game, dual-task, working memory, and task switching training) and cognitive aging. Furthermore, he aims at specifying the cognitive processing architecture in situations that demand executive functions as well as the perception of complex objects.

Julia Karbach is a developmental cognitive psychologist holding a PhD in Psychology from Saarland University. She currently serves as full professor at Goethe-University Frankfurt. Her research interests include neurocognitive development and plasticity across the lifespan, psychocardiology, and the prediction of academic achievement from primary to tertiary education. Her work has been published in numerous leading peer-reviewed international journals.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Cognitive Training
  • Book Subtitle An Overview of Features and Applications
  • Editors Tilo Strobach
    Julia Karbach
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Behavioral Science and Psychology Behavioral Science and Psychology (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-42660-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-82630-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-42662-4
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 211
  • Number of Illustrations 4 b/w illustrations, 2 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cognitive Psychology
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