Working memory is an essential system that underlies the performance of virtually all complex cognitive activities. People differ in terms of how much information they can hold in working memory, and also, how easily they can hold that information in the face of distraction. These individual differences are related to the fact that the functioning of the working memory system is highly predictive of scholastic achievement and educational success, and in general, working memory capacity is crucial for our general ability to acquire knowledge and learn new skills. Given the relevance of working memory to daily life and educational settings, the mission of my research program lies in the development of working memory interventions with the aim that that participants not only improve their working memory skills, but also general skills that go beyond the trained domain. By means of behavioral and neuroimaging methods, I seek to understand the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms that drive training-related changes.
Besides research on training and transfer, my lab also investigates individual differences in working memory capacity and executive control, as well as the nature of working memory limitations across the lifespan.

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Working Memory and Plasticity Laboratory

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In Press

  • Katz, B., Au, J., Buschkuehl, M., Abagis, T., Zabel, C., Jaeggi, S. M., & Jonides, J. (in press.). Individual differences and long-term consequences of tDCS-augmented cognitive training. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Abstract
  • Ramani, G. B., Jaeggi, S.M., Daubert, E., & Buschkuehl, M. (in press.). Domain-specific and domain-general training to improve kindergarten children’s mathematics. Journal of Numerical Cognition.  Abstract


  • Waris, O., Soveri, A., Ahti, M., Cohen Hoffing, R., Ventus, D., Jaeggi, S. M., Seitz, A., & Laine, M. (2017). A Latent Factor Analysis of Working Memory Measures Using Large-Scale Data. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1062. Abstract
  • Au, J., Karsten, C., Buschkuehl, M., & Jaeggi, S. M. (2017). Optimizing transcranial direct current stimulation protocols to promote long-term learning. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1(1), 65-72. Abstract
  • Roman, F. J., Iturria-Medina, Y., Martinez, K., Karama, S., Burgaleta, M., Evans, A., Jaeggi, S. M., & Colom, R. (2017). Enhanced structural connectivity within a brain sub-network supporting working memory and engagement processes after cognitive training. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 141, 33-43. Abstract
  • Hsu, N. S., Jaeggi, S. M., & Novick, J. M. (2017). A common neural hub resolves syntactic and non-syntactic conflict through cooperation with task-specific networks. Brain and Language, 166, 63-77Abstract