Human Development: Equipping Minds with Cognitive Development


Carol T. Brown
Equipping Minds, Frankfort, KY, United States

Joav Merrick, M.D.
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Disability Studies
BISAC: PSY008000

Research studies have examined the relationship between working memory, cognitive skills, and academic abilities. However, while some studies and scientific articles have demonstrated that working memory can be increased through direct intervention in either the clinical or classroom setting, other studies have failed to show any further transfer. These conflicting results are a key concern, as they suggest that generalization effects are elusive and inconclusive. Some research has utilized computer software programs to enhance cognitive skills with a focus on working memory training; however, an alternative approach on working memory is the use of a human mediator.

In this book, we present results that demonstrate the idea that working memory training does not seem to have a causative effect in relation to verbal, nonverbal, and academic abilities when using The Equipping Minds Cognitive Development Curriculum for 30 hours of intervention. It removes this limitation for learners with a specific learning disorder. This finding adds to the importance of emphasizing deficient cognitive functions rather than deficient working memory alone.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Equipping Minds with Cognitive Development
(Carol T. Brown and Joav Merrick)

Section One

Chapter 2. Naturalistic or Biblical Worldview of Human Development
(Carol T. Brown)

Chapter 3. Computer Training or Human Mediator
(Carol T. Brown)

Chapter 4. Correlation between Working Memory, Intelligence and Cognitive Functions
(Carol T. Brown)

Chapter 5. Cognitive Development Curriculum Increases Verbal, Nonverbal, and Academic Abilities
(Carol T. Brown)

Chapter 6. Equipping Minds qith Cognitive Development Training in Learners with Neurodevelopmental Disorders: Case Studies
(Carol T. Brown)

Section Two: Acknowledgements

Chapter 7. About the Authors

Chapter 8. About <i>Equipping Minds</i>

Chapter 9. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 10. About the Book Series “Disability Studies”

Section Three: Index

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