CONTEMPORARY EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
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The influence of cognitive training using mobile applications on attentional control and impulsivity among pre-service teachers

Mohamed Atef El-Badramany 1, Mai Elsayed Khalifa 1 * , Dina Samir Mekky 1, Noha Mohamed Soliman 1

CONT ED TECHNOLOGY, Volume 15, Issue 3, Article No: ep440

https://doi.org/10.30935/cedtech/13334

Submitted: 05 November 2022, Published Online: 01 June 2023

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of cognitive training (CT) using mobile applications on attentional control and impulsivity among pre-service teachers. Pre-service teachers were divided into two groups: experimental (n=25) and control (n=14) groups, they were selected from a large sample (n=718). Over 28 sessions, the training group engaged in CT tasks (the tower of Hanoi [TOH] and simple reaction time [SRT]), whereas the control group did not participate in training sessions or understand the main goal of the study. In the criterion tasks (matching familiar figures and numerical Stroop), all participants were pre- and post-tested. CT using mobile applications helps us see how the trained group’s attentional control and impulsivity had influenced. we also observed the progress of trained group as measured by number of moves or time for TOH, and reaction time (RT) for SRT. Other effects were observed in comparison to a control group that underwent no training. There were changes in impulsivity in post-test in favor of training group according to number of moves, and time component of matching familiar figures test. Corresponding to attentional control, the finding indicated that there were changes in (number and size) RT component in post-test in favor of training group.

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