Enhancing visual perception and motor accuracy among school children through a mindfulness and compassion program

Ricardo Tarrasch, Lilach Margalit-Shalom, Rony Berger

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Abstract

The present study assessed the effects of the mindfulness/compassion cultivating program: "Call to Care-Israel" on the performance in visual perception (VP) and motor accuracy, as well as on anxiety levels and self-reported mindfulness among 4th and 5th grade students. One hundred and thirty-eight children participated in the program for 24 weekly sessions, while 78 children served as controls. Repeated measures ANOVA's yielded significant interactions between time of measurement and group for VP, motor accuracy, reported mindfulness, and anxiety. Post hoc tests revealed significant improvements in the four aforementioned measures in the experimental group only. In addition, significant correlations were obtained between the improvement in motor accuracy and the reduction in anxiety and the increase in mindfulness. Since VP and motor accuracy are basic skills associated with quantifiable academic characteristics, such as reading and mathematical abilities, the results may suggest that mindfulness practice has the ability to improve academic achievements.

Original languageEnglish
Article number281
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume8
Issue numberFEB
DOIs
StatePublished - 24 Feb 2017

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Children
  • Compassion
  • Mindfulness
  • Motor accuracy
  • Visual perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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