News Brief by Lushna Mehra
A computer game aimed to improve children’s concentration has been found to help children diagnosed with ADHD to also improve their behavior and social interactions in classroom settings. The software tracks brainwaves throughout the game via a wireless headband that customizes the difficulty and scoring based on brainwave information. It specifically works on improving attention, working memory, and impulse control. A study that tested this software on five elementary school student groups in China was recently published in SAGE Open journal. The study’s authors, Jiang and Johnstone, mentioned that children became more confident as the game helped increased their focus and the quality of their schoolwork, which, in turn, improved their social statuses. After the study, parents saw improvement in terms of interactions with peers and teachers as well as more teacher acceptance, which led to increased peer acceptance. The children’s behavior was found to be at the normal level afterwards, since parents had rated their children more poorly in areas such as behavior and attention prior to the study. Jiang and Johnstone noted that praise and support act as major contributors to improving children’s behavior, assignment completion, and interactions with peers and teachers. More controlled trials involving the game software are being conducted in Australia and China.
SAGE Publications. "Computer game reduces issues associated with ADHD in children." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 June 2015. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2015/06/150609065639.htm>.