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Int J Yoga. 2009 Jan;2(1):35-8. doi: 10.4103/0973-6131.53840.

Effect of yogic education system and modern education system on sustained attention.

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  • 1Department of Yoga Research, Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana, Bangalore - 560 019, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND/AIM:

Sustained attention is a vital function mediated by the right frontoparietal cortex. The Six Letter Cancellation Task (SLCT) measures sustained attention. Development of sustained attention in a yoga-based education system compared to a modern one is the theme of the present study.

AIM:

To compare the effectiveness of the Modern Education System (MES) and the Gurukula Education System (GES) in developing sustained attention.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Forty nine boys (11-13 years) were selected from two residential schools, one MES and the other GES, providing similar ambiance and daily routines. The boys were matched for age and socioeconomic status. The GES educational program is based around integrated yoga modules while the MES provides a conventional modern education program. Sustained attention was assessed using the SLCT at the start and end of an academic year.

RESULTS:

Within groups, the pre-post test differences were significant for both groups. However, the between groups result showed improvement in the GES group compared to the MES group at a P < 0.001 significance level.

CONCLUSIONS:

The study suggests that both MES and GES improve sustained attention in school boys, but GES is more effective.

KEYWORDS:

Gurukula education system; sustained attention; vedic chanting; yoga

PMID:
21234214
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PMCID:
PMC3017966
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