Investigating the Effects of Brain Respiration on Children’s Behavior


  • Geoffrey K. Leigh University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
  • Cynthia Robinson University of Nevada Cooperative Extension
  • Steven Bernard Hollingsworth University of Nevada Cooperative Extension



Building on the increasing number of programs designed to enhance brain development, a program developed in Korea, Brain Respiration, was adapted to a school in Nevada. Classes were offered twice weekly to a class of fourth and fifth grade students with control group classes assessed in the same school. Self-report surveys, teacher observations, and standardized reading and math scores were used to determine effects of the program on the students. Some differences were found in the pretest for the survey and the observation, with control groups scoring higher. There were differences in some post-test scores, with treatment group children scoring higher when differences did occur. There also were differences in the reading and math scores, with control groups scoring higher than the overall treatment group, but not higher when compared to those actively participating in the program. Such differences are discussed as well as other issues possibly influencing the effects.






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