(NaturalPath) New research published online in the Journal of Attention Disorders, shows that students who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often fidgeted in the classroom (and are disciplined for it). But fidgeting may, in fact, help them learn.
The researchers took 25 boys and girls with ADHD that were aged 8 to 12 and had them perform a series of working memory tasks, paying particular focus to how much they fidgeted. The first test was easier because the children knew how many items they would have to remember. In the second test, the number of items they would have to remember was random.
The kids fidgeted during all the tests, but about 25 percent more when they couldn’t predict how many items they would have to remember.
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