Dr-Mark-Ashton-SmithI was awarded a joint Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and neuroscience from the Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC).  I have held Lecturer/Assistant Professor posts in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Cambridge and Bilkent University, Department of Psychology. I am the founder and director of IQ MindwareMindware Lab and HRP Lab.  I do independent research and theoretical work and R&D in the areas of cognitive interventions for brain health, resilience, performance and creativity. I currently divide time between Cornwall and Cambridge in the UK.

Recent Blog Posts

Introduction To Working Memory Training

working memory model

Working memory is a core brain function underlying all higher cognition. There has been a lot of interest in the past decade about the potential to train working memory capacity to improve overall cognitive performance. In this article I provide an introduction to higher order cognitive skills (HOCS), their basis in working memory and the evidence for the effectiveness of different training methods for expanding working memory capacity.[br]


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