Klingberg Laboratory - Research focus

Our research is aimed at better understanding the neural basis for cognitive development during childhood. This includes studying training-induced plasticity of the brain. The psychological functions we are interested in are working memory, attention, and reasoning, as well as academic abilities such as mathematics and reading..

illustration Klingberg laboratory research focus

Our research focus is aimed at better understanding the neural basis for cognitive and academic development during childhood and training-induced plasticity of the brain. In particular, we focus on working memory and attention, which are central aspects of cognition. Among the academic abilities we are especially interested in is development of mathematical ability.

The methodology includes functional MRI to study brain activity, diffusion tensor imaging to measure myelination, neural network models, genetic analysis and computerized measures of behavior. A major focus is development of computerized methods for improving attention and working memory in children with working memory deficits.


Selected publications

Training spatial cognition enhances mathematical learning in a randomized study of 17,000 children.
Judd N, Klingberg T
Nat Hum Behav 2021 11;5(11):1548-1554

Change by challenge: A common genetic basis behind childhood cognitive development and cognitive training.
Sauce B, Wiedenhoeft J, Judd N, Klingberg T
NPJ Sci Learn 2021 Jun;6(1):16

The neuroscience of working memory capacity and training.
Constantinidis C, Klingberg T
Nat Rev Neurosci 2016 07;17(7):438-49

Changes in cortical dopamine D1 receptor binding associated with cognitive training.
McNab F, Varrone A, Farde L, Jucaite A, Bystritsky P, Forssberg H, Klingberg T
Science 2009 Feb;323(5915):800-2

Prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia control access to working memory.
McNab F, Klingberg T
Nat Neurosci 2008 Jan;11(1):103-7