The BrainTrain project was one of the Research Centres of Excellence (2015-2018) at the Abo Akademi University, Turku, Finland. The project studied working memory training, its cognitive and neural mechanisms, and the mental architecture of executive functions. A related research topic was executive functioning in bilingualism. The research group was funded by Abo Akademi University Endowment, and Academy of Finland. For a subproject on children, financial support from the C.G. Sundell Foundation was also obtained.

While the 4-year BrainTrain project officially ended by the end of 2018, we continue our research along the lines that turned out to be most promising. We focus (a) on the strategies participants employ and how these affect testing and training outcomes, and (b) on the development of a videogame environment for more life-like measurement of memory and executive function.


A new approach to working memory training?

Our recent training study examined whether varied WM training would elicit broader transfer. The idea is based on the skill...

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What exactly happens when we perform memory tests?

When taking memory tests, the use of strategies changes rapidly during the first minutes into the task. This can be...

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Worry and anxiety can have a significant impact on your ability to focus. Matti Laine, Professor in Psychology at Åbo...

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Abo Akademi University
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