|BRIEF RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
|Year : 2011 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 249-252
Changes in intellectual and academic performance of children following computer-based training: Preliminary results
Anita Rajah1, KR Sundaram2, A Anandkumar3
1 Department of Clinical Psychology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
2 Department of Bio-statistics, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
3 Department of Neurology, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India
Background: The aim of this pilot study was to assess the effectiveness of a computer-based intervention on children who were average in academic performance.
Materials and Methods: Twenty-one children aged between 8 and 11 years, in classes 3 rd , 4 th or 5 th formed the sample with 12 in the experimental (who underwent the computer-based training) and 9 in the control group (who did not undergo the training). Pre- and post-assessment was done for all children using a battery of intelligence tests, and the marks obtained by the child at school. The difference in performance of the two groups was compared using the t test.
Result: There was significant improvement within the performance of the experimental group in cognitive functioning
(P<0.05) and school marks (P<0.05), as compared with the children in the control group. The limitations of the study include the small sample size, non-random allocation to groups and the (pre and post) assessments being carried out by the researcher. However, the trend of results is promising.
Conclusion: Thus, a brief computer-aided intervention for improving neuropsychological functions such as attention and working memory has had a positive impact on the cognitive and academic skills of children who were average in scholastic performance.
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Ponekkara PO, Kochi - 682 041, Kerala
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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