According to a study in the March 2014 issue of Pediatrics, when neuro-feedback is used on children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), it can contribute to lasting improvements.
Neuro-feedback consists of giving immediate feedback (both audio and visual) to individuals regarding their attention as they practice focusing.
This technique trains users to monitor and change their brainwave patterns in ways that can improve their attention and executive functioning (a set of skills related to learning and academic achievement).
In this particular study, the researchers looked at 102 children and compared their attention and executive functioning after two types of computer training: neuro-feedback and cognitive training.
These students were compared to students who had no computer training for the study.
Compared to the subjects with no computer training, the children using both types of training had better results in certain areas of attention and learning six months later.
The group using neuro-feedback showed significant improvements in more areas and to a greater degree than those who received cognitive training.
This is the first large randomized controlled trial to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of in-school computer training for ADHD, and the authors identify future research steps to advance this type of brain development.
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