How the program “GoNoodle” impacts attention in elementary-age children

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Shelby Leeann Clark (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Candace Boan-Lenzo

Abstract: There are many different benefits to physical activity and exercise. Research has shown that increased physical activity can lead to improved academic achievement, concentration, cognitive functioning, and fewer disciplinary problems (e.g., Best, 2010; Pavelski, 2016; & Martin et al., 2018). Evidence suggests devoting time to daily physical activity does not negatively impact academic performance. In fact, growing evidence shows incorporating daily exercise into the classroom routine enhances attention and memory in students, as well as producing positive effects on brain health (e.g., Gomez-Pinilla, 2011; Tine, 2014; Tremblay et al., 2000). The purpose of this study was to examine the impact physical activity has on attention in fourth and fifth grade students, ages nine to eleven. Students enrolled in a Title I Public School participated in physical activity through the program GoNoodle or they participated in the control group, watching a video about the importance of physical activity. Findings indicated that students who watched the physical activity video scored significantly higher on the d2 Test of Attention compared to those who participated in the GoNoodle activity. However, both groups demonstrated improvement when comparing pre-intervention scores to post-intervention scores. Implications for future research are discussed in the paper.

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Language: English
Date: 2023
Exercise for children
School children
Academic achievement

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