Play Attention in the News

WebMD – 01/08/2010

“Children with ADHD have trouble controlling impulsive behaviour; now software designers have come up with a game that forces a child to concentrate to keep playing – which helps to train the brain to control impulses while having fun. Researchers from the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Psychology have been testing the game called Play Attention which uses EEG (Electroencephalography) biofeedback by detecting brain waves. The developers say it uses NASA technology to help make your mind become the mouse, and that it is already in use in 450 US schools.” Pdf(Read more)

The Medical News – 01/07/2010

“A new thought-operated computer system which can reduce the symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children will be rolled out across the UK this month. Professor Karen Pine at the University of Hertfordshire’s School of Psychology and assistant Farjana Nasrin investigated the effects of EEG (Electroencephalography) biofeedback, a learning strategy that detects brain waves, on ten children with an attention deficit from Hertfordshire schools” Pdf(Read more)

Delta Sky Magazine – 11/2007

“Play Attention made sense to me,” says Morrison, who’d consulted with numerous doctors and tried various treatments and mental exercises for her own son Jack, who was the same age as Bobby and suffering from ADHD. “…It’s like having a weak muscle in your body and they send you to physical therapy and you gradually strengthen that muscle.” Pdf(Read more)

Up & Atom

During his first few years of teaching, Asheville resident Peter Freer ’86 MAEd ’93 met a young boy named John who became the inspiration behind a technology that would eventually lead Freer to speak to a United Nations agency.
John had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, then called “minimal brain dysfunction,” and was highly disruptive in class. Freer wasnt sure how to handle John in the classroom because he had never before encountered a student with the disorder….Pdf(Read more)

Little Rock Family

Andy plays games on a computer without ever touching the keyboard or the mouse. He dons a helmet, and with hands and fingers motionless, he flies a jet over mountain tops or constructs a tower by moving blocks.  Should he fidget or lapse in concentration, he loses control over the characters on the screen. Pdf(Read more)

Sun Sentinel

Thanks to Play Attention, Jordan is controlling the impulse, curbing his fidgeting and focusing his attention better these days. “He’s gained more ability to focus on tasks he didn’t want to do,” says his mother, Jeri. “He has skills he can call upon now. He learned coping mechanisms that work for him.” Pdf(Read more)


Parents and teachers commonly encourage children to “pay attention.” But what does pay attention mean? What does it physically feel like? When you instruct a child to pay attention, typically their perception is that they are already paying attention! Pdf(Read more)