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An exploratory research on the benefits of a web-based cognitive training programme for higher education students.

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dc.contributor.author Weimann, Tanya
dc.date.accessioned 2015-06-05T11:28:31Z
dc.date.available 2015-06-05T11:28:31Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11622/38
dc.description.abstract Prior research has revealed that benefits of cognitive training include greater ability to carry out daily activities in adults (Willis et al: 2006), reduced risks of being involved in a motor vehicle accident (Ball et al: 2010) and improvements in academic performance (Merzerich et al: 1996; Holmes et al: 2009). The study explores whether a web-based cognitive training programme supported any improvement on the cognitive skills of higher education students. The quantitative research study was conducted with the use of a survey questionnaire on a group of third-year Travel and Tourism Management students after participating in the brain training over a 4-week period. Results showed positive cognitive outcomes being perceived by the respondents in the areas of working memory, attention, speed of processing and problem-solving skills. Respondents found a positive general result in their daily activities, such as overall improvement in their visual attention. Respondents indicated a small improvement in their memory skills such as being able to remember the content of a lecture more accurately. The results of the study also show that respondents found an improvement in their concentration in the classroom, their ability to react faster to questions and their ability to work faster with less errors. Problem-solving skills such as being able to calculate figures mentally also showed an improvement. It is recommended that further exploration on the ability of the mind to change in all phases of the life-cycle be pursued and further attention be given to present such a programme to higher education students as an added value to their studies and daily activities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Cognitive training en_US
dc.subject Web-based training en_US
dc.subject Academic performance en_US
dc.subject Memory skills en_US
dc.subject Problem-solving skills en_US
dc.title An exploratory research on the benefits of a web-based cognitive training programme for higher education students. en_US
dc.type Working Paper en_US

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