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BRIEF RESEARCH COMMUNICATION
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 249-252

Changes in intellectual and academic performance of children following computer-based training: Preliminary results


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

Correspondence Address:
Anita Rajah
Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Ponekkara PO, Kochi - 682 041, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.86818

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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.



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