POWWER Working Memory and Word Learning Assessment

Technology #ua16-226

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Nelson Cowan
Curators' Professor, Psychological Sciences
Samuel Green
Professor, Social Sciences
Tiffany Hogan
Professor, Communication Sciences and Disorders
Shelley Gray
Professor, Speech and Hearing
Mary Alt
Associate Professor, Speech/Language and Hearing
Managed By
Lewis Humphreys
Licensing Manager (520) 626-2574

Title: POWWER Working Memory and Word Learning Assessment


Invention: The technology is a computerized assessment for word learning and working memory in children that is similar to a game to encourage routine use in children.


Background: Working memory plays a vital role in our ability to concentrate, follow instructions, and hold on to information to utilize it. If a child has poor working memory, this can affect word learning, math, and other subject areas. Therefore, a reliable, accurate assessment is necessary to identify children with poor working memory and word learning in order to strengthen these skills early on.



  • Public schools
  • Private schools
  • Online tutoring companies
  • Home tutoring services
  • Self-assessment web tool for parents



  • Utilizes a touchscreen based assessment within a “pirate adventure” framework to generate interest and make the activity fun for children
  • Incorporates gamification aspects and rewards children with prizes from a virtual store for completing activities


Licensing Manager:

Lewis Humphreys


(520) 626-1213