Exergaming can improve executive function in children with ADHD
Psypost.org; By Eric W. Dolan; August 30, 2018
A new study has found evidence that playing video games that involve physical exertion (exergaming) can improve executive function in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. The findings appear in the journal Scientific Reports.
“On the one hand, children with ADHD frequently have difficulties in being attentive for a long period of time. This has an impact on their daily lives regarding school performance, for example,” said study author Valentin Benzing of the Institute of Sport Science at the University of Bern.
“On the other hand, children with ADHD enjoy playing video games. They like the immediate reward, and spend a lot of time playing. Since we know from previous studies that physical exercise has a positive impact on executive functions, the idea was to combine both — video games and exercise — and to investigate whether it could have a positive impact on cognition.”...
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