ADD / ADHD, Games, Science

Can Computer Games Help ADHD?

Computer games have been cited as a cause of ADHD  but now they may offer a solution.   Professor Michael Posner and colleagues have published a study called Training, maturation, and genetic influences on the development of executive attention. They had four groups of children, 4 year olds, 6 year olds and two age matched control groups.  The 4 and 6 year olds had five days of attention training, after which "Both 4- and 6-year-olds showed more mature performance after the training than did the control groups".
There is almost nothing on what the attention training was in the abstract but coverage on KSDK Can Computer Games Train Kids’ Brains To Pay Attention?  says "They adapted computer exercises used to train monkeys for space travel into games for 4- and 6-year-olds: For five days, the youngsters progressed from a game that moved a cat in and out of grass to more complex tasks, such as choosing the largest number amid deliberate distractions".


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