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Children who receive a short course in mindfulness training
show improved concentration, reports a recent study. The study, carried out by
Dominic Crehan and Dr. Michelle Ellesfson of the University of Cambridge,
involved 30 children between the ages of 10 and 11. The results were presented at
the British Psychological Society’s
Cognitive Developmental Psychology Annual Conference at the University of
on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgementally. It has been shown to
reduce levels of stress and depression, and to improve feelings of well-being,
but to date researchers have not established a link between mindfulness and
attention skills in children,” explained Crehan.
two groups to allow the researchers to make comparisons. Each group of children
participated in a mindfulness course as part of their schoolwork.
attentiveness on three
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occasions using a questionnaire and a computer
game. The measurements were taken at
three month intervals.
children’s ability to focus and deal with distractions” which the
researchers associated with the mindfulness course.
success at school. Mindfulness appears to have an effect after only a short
training course, which the children thoroughly enjoyed! Through their training,
the children actually learn to watch their minds working and learn to control
their attention. These findings could be particularly important for helping
children with attention difficulties such as ADHD,” Crehan said.
the Centre for Mindfulness Research and Practice at Bangor University.
from the Greater Good Science Centre at the University of Berkeley.