A study on the effect of the brain activation and emotion by child Baduk study

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This research is about the effect on children's brain before and after learning Baduk. The research was performed on 20 pupils attending I Baduk school with the contrast group of 20 pupils who did not take Baduk instruction. The pre-test on the brain waves before learning Baduk were measured from October 27, 2008 to November 7, 2008 and the post-test on the brainwaves after learning Baduk were measured from November 2, 2009 to November 4, 2009. The result confirmed the differences of both resistance activity quotient and emotion quotient. The result of the study suggest baduk study possibility in positively affecting the subjects' brain activation and emotion.

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... Additionally, the finding that fractional anisotropy is increased in the inferior temporal regions of expert Go players indicates that these players tend to develop a task specific template and right side dominance, suggesting that the tasks involved are mainly spatial processes.27 Long term Go training may cause structural brain changes associated with many cognitive properties, and such changes might be helpful for improving higher-order cognitive capacities such as learning, abstract reasoning, and self-control, which can facilitate education and cognitive therapies.26,27,28 ...
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Objective Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms are associated with the deficit in executive functions. Playing Go involves many aspect of cognitive function and we hypothesized that it would be effective for children with ADHD. Methods Seventeen drug naïve children with ADHD and seventeen age and sex matched comparison subjects were participated. Participants played Go under the instructor's education for 2 hours/day, 5 days/week. Before and at the end of Go period, clinical symptoms, cognitive functions, and brain EEG were assessed with Dupaul's ADHD scale (ARS), Child depression inventory (CDI), digit span, the Children's Color Trails Test (CCTT), and 8-channel QEEG system (LXE3208, Laxtha Inc., Daejeon, Korea). Results There were significant improvements of ARS total score (z=2.93, p<0.01) and inattentive score (z=2.94, p<0.01) in children with ADHD. However, there was no significant change in hyperactivity score (z=1.33, p=0.18). There were improvement of digit total score (z=2.60, p<0.01; z=2.06, p=0.03), digit forward score (z=2.21, p=0.02; z=2.02, p=0.04) in both ADHD and healthy comparisons. In addition, ADHD children showed decreased time of CCTT-2 (z=2.21, p=0.03). The change of theta/beta right of prefrontal cortex during 16 weeks was greater in children with ADHD than in healthy comparisons (F=4.45, p=0.04). The change of right theta/beta in prefrontal cortex has a positive correlation with ARS-inattention score in children with ADHD (r=0.44, p=0.03). Conclusion We suggest that playing Go would be effective for children with ADHD by activating hypoarousal prefrontal function and enhancing executive function.
Study on brain activation in Baduk problem solving
  • 국제 바둑학 학술대회
최일호, " Study on brain activation in Baduk problem solving", 한국바둑학회지, 국제 바둑학 학술대회, Vol.3. pp. 25-34, 2005.