COGITO Conference 2016

The Max Planck Institute for Human Development was proud to host the COGITO Conference 2016, entitled "The COGITO Study: Looking at 100 Days Ten Years After" in October. The aim of the conference was to discuss methodological and conceptual implications of the COGITO Study from 2006. To this end, world leading behavioral scientists with a strong interest and expertise in methodology, individual differences, and adult development were invited to take a fresh look at the COGITO Study. Importantly, the COGITO data set was made available to the participants at the conference, who were encouraged to use these data for their own analyses and publications.

In the COGITO Study, 101 younger adults (20–31 years of age) and 103 older adults (65–80 years of age) participated in 100 daily sessions, working each day on cognitive tasks measuring perceptual speed, episodic memory, and working memory, as well as various self-report measures. All participants completed pretests, posttests, and a 2-year follow-up with baseline measures of cognitive abilities and transfer tasks for the practiced abilities. Brain-related measures were taken from subsamples of the group, including structural magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), functional MRI, and electroencephalographic (EEG) recordings. A central goal of the COGITO Study was the comparison of between-person and within-person structures of cognitive abilities.  Further, the COGITO study qualifies as a cognitive training study of unusually high dosage and long duration because of its 100 sessions of challenging cognitive tasks.


  • Annette Brose (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
  • Charles Driver (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
  • Ulman Lindenberger (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)
  • Martin Lövdén (Karolinska Institutet)
  • Florian Schmiedek (German Institute for International Educational Research)


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Sandra Brandenburg

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COGITO Conference 2016 Conference Materials

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