App may work 'like Ritalin' on brain to focus ADHD sufferers - (The Sydney Morning Herald via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Cambridge University scientists will launch a free app on Monday that they claim works like "digital Ritalin" to improve focus, reported The Sydney Morning Herald.

  • Researchers say the app could potentially help improve concentration for people who have conditions such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or traumatic brain injury.

  • The Decoder app invites users to tap the screen when a number combination appears helping to promote "flow," the state of complete concentration which allows people to operate at the top of their ability.

  • According to the news source, trials on 75 people showed that performance after playing the game was comparable to taking the ADHD drug Ritalin.

  • In a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, investigators demonstrated that playing Decoder on an iPad for eight one-hour spells over one month improved attention and concentration, activating an important network in the brain.

  • The improved focus remained when players shifted their attention to a different kind of test, the study found.

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