Be positive!

Positive feedback could help children at risk of attention problems excel at learning exercises, maybe even enabling them to overtake their peers.

Previous research has shown that children with a longer variant of the dopamine D4 receptor gene (DRD4) are more likely to do poorly in school due to shorter attention spans.

While positive feedback helped all the children to learn, those with the DRD4 variant did significantly better than their peers. The DRD4 variant is known to alter dopamine signalling in the brain, which may make these children more sensitive to positive feedback. Learn more here.

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