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Personality Influences on Cognitive Training

by Scott Barry Kaufman, May 15, 2016

Cognitive training works. But does it work equally well for all people? A new study suggests that the effectiveness of working memory training depends heavily on personality. Barbara Studer-Luethi and her colleagues focused on two personality traits in particular—neuroticism and conscentiousness. Neurotic people are anxious and emotionally unstable, whereas conscientious folks are persistent, hardworking, and self-disciplined. How are these traits related to cognitive training?

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