Report Roundup

Attention Problems

"The Effects of Background White Noise on Memory Performance in Inattentive Schoolchildren"

Article Tools
  • PrintPrinter-Friendly
  • EmailEmail Article
  • ReprintReprints
  • CommentsComments

A study suggests that playing white noise in the background of a classroom may help children with attention problems focus on what their teachers are saying but may impede learning for others.

Published last week on the website for the journal Behavioral and Brain Functions, the study involved 51 students in Swedish secondary schools who were asked to recall words read to them under two different conditions—a classroom in which white noise was being played and one that was quieter. While children who were judged to have attention problems were able to recall more words in the white-noise environment, performance suffered under that condition for children without attention problems.

Researchers stressed that more studies are needed to see if the findings hold up in other classrooms.

Vol. 30, Issue 06, Page 5

Published in Print: October 6, 2010, as Attention Problems
Related Stories
Notice: We recently upgraded our comments. (Learn more here.) If you are logged in as a subscriber or registered user and already have a Display Name on, you can post comments. If you do not already have a Display Name, please create one here.
Ground Rules for Posting
We encourage lively debate, but please be respectful of others. Profanity and personal attacks are prohibited. By commenting, you are agreeing to abide by our user agreement.
All comments are public.

Back to Top Back to Top

Most Popular Stories