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Improvement of Attention in Elementary School Students through Fixation Focus Training Activity

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Department of Early Childhood Educare, Wu Feng University, Chiayi 62153, Taiwan
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Department of Photonics and Communication Engineering, Asia University, Taichung 41354, Taiwan
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Department of Medical Research, China Medical University Hospital, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(13), 4780; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134780
Received: 14 May 2020 / Revised: 26 June 2020 / Accepted: 30 June 2020 / Published: 3 July 2020
The attentional problems of school children are a crucial topic due to abundant information in this digital era. There are five attention dimensions for children: focused attention, sustained attention, selective attention, alternating attention, and divided attention. Focused training is a traditional method of improving attention ability. Subjects are required to focus on a fixed point for an extensive period without blinking and to perceive small objects as large. This study investigates which types of attention indicators are influenced by focus training. Eighty-two grade five and six elementary school students (45 experiment group, 37 control group) were involved. The experiment group underwent focus training for 12 weeks. The training was conducted once per week, and the Attention Scales for Elementary School Children were used before and after the training to examine the children’s attention. The percentile rank scores of five attention dimensions and the total attention scale were evaluated. The results gave difference data, defined as post-test results minus the pretest results, where significant differences occurred for the total scale (p < 0.05), focused attention (p < 0.05), and selective attention (p < 0.01). Participants also noted that the training helped them improve concentration during school lessons (54.15%), fall asleep (29.1%), and relax the body (8.4%). View Full-Text
Keywords: focus training activity; elementary school children; Attention Scales; focus attention; selective attention focus training activity; elementary school children; Attention Scales; focus attention; selective attention
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Lai, Y.-J.; Chang, K.-M. Improvement of Attention in Elementary School Students through Fixation Focus Training Activity. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 4780. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134780

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Lai Y-J, Chang K-M. Improvement of Attention in Elementary School Students through Fixation Focus Training Activity. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(13):4780. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134780

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Lai, Yi-Jung; Chang, Kang-Ming. 2020. "Improvement of Attention in Elementary School Students through Fixation Focus Training Activity" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 13: 4780. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17134780

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