MICCN TALI Train presentation recognised by the Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society

MICCN’s Dr Hannah Kirk has been presented with the award for Best Presentation by a Postdoc at this year’s Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Society (ACNS) Conference.

The annual award is given by the ACNS committee, who review and score all eligible presentations from the event.

Dr Kirk’s presentation, "Gamified attention training in the classroom in typically developing children: A cluster-randomised controlled trial", was focused on a study that assessed the benefits of the TALI Train™ attention training program when implemented in the classroom in young typically developing children.

A total of 98 children aged five to nine years were randomised to TALI Train™ or one of two control arms; placebo program or usual education. After five weeks, children in the TALI Train™ program had greater gains in selective attention and reduced hyperactivity at home compared to usual education. TALI Train™ also reduced inattention and hyperactivity in the classroom compared to both control arms. No evidence was found for training effects on sustained attention, working memory or numeracy.

"It is an honour to receive this award, particularly given the high calibre of talks at the ACNS conference this year,” Dr Kirk said. “The presentation of the award provides acknowledgement from the neuroscience community in Australia and New Zealand that the work we are undertaking is interesting and well disseminated. And, the recognition from the ACNS Committee provides our team with confidence to continue our work in delineating the potential effects and mechanisms of attention training in early childhood."

Dr Kirk’s collaborators on this project included MICCN’s Dr Megan Spencer-Smith, Dr Joshua Wiley and Professor Kim Cornish. Funding came from the Australian Government’s Department of Innovation, Industry and Science though an Innovation Connections grant.

We congratulate Dr Kirk on this achievement.

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