ScienceDaily (Jan. 11, 2010) — A new thought-operated computer system which can reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children will be rolled out across the UK this month.
Professor Karen Pine at the University of Hertfordshire's School of Psychology and assistant Farjana Nasrin investigated the effects of EEG (Electroencephalography) biofeedback, a learning strategy that detects brain waves, on ten children with an attention deficit from Hertfordshire schools.
They used a system called Play Attention, supplied by not-for-profit community interest company, Games for Life, three times a week for 12 weeks.
The system involves the child playing a fun educational computer game whilst wearing a helmet similar to a bicycle helmet. The helmet picks up their brain activity in the form of EEG waves related to attention. As long as the child concentrates they control the games, but as soon as their attention waivers the game stops.
The researchers found at the end of the study that the children's impulsive behaviour was reduced, compared to a control group who had not used the system.
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