ERIC Number: ED217713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May-1
Reference Count: 0
Super Power for Effortless and Efficient Digest of Language for Expression with Alpha Rhythms in Nature [SPEED LEARN].
Matthews, Doris B.
Project "SPEED LEARN," a study which compared learning rates in beginning French and other behavior characteristics between adolescents with alpha training and comparable students without such training, was conducted with 62 rural subjects randomly divided into experimental and control groups. Both groups participated in an 8-week instructional program which consisted of three experiences: (1) a 6-week course in beginning French, (2) a 1-week training program using biofeedback instruments and autogenic techniques aimed at widespread achievement of the alpha brain wave state or pattern, and (3) a 1-week activity called "instant theater" in which participants performed for their peers in a series of self-expression exercises. In addition to the concentrated 1-week alpha training session, the alpha trained group received 10 minutes of relaxation exercises daily before the instructional period. All other experiences were the same for the two groups. The untrained group received alpha training during the final week while the trained group had "instant theater." Results showed no significant differences between the comparable groups on daily French tests and overall French achievement. However, there was a significant difference in dropout rates, retention, and frequency of disruptive behaviors, and attitudes and self-management skills showed marked improvement. (Author/AMH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Cooperative State Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina State Coll., Orangeburg.
Identifiers: Alpha Learning Systems; Biofeedback
Note: In its Research Bulletin Number 25.