Date of Award

8-1-2018

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Behavior Analysis and Therapy

First Advisor

Jowett Hirst, Erica

Abstract

Super brain yoga is an exercise that involves crossing your arms over your chest while pinching your ears and squatting. It has been claimed in previous research and social media that this exercise improves overall cognition and decreases problematic behaviors (Chandrasekeran et al., 2014; Doshi, 2008). The current study evaluated the effects of super brain yoga and the good behavior game on 15 elementary students’ behaviors and academic performance in the classroom using a multiple-baseline-across-groups design. The results of this study show that super brain yoga did not decrease students’ off-task behaviors in all three classrooms and resulted in increases in academic performance for participants in only one of three classrooms. However, the results of this study showed decreases in problem behavior during implementation of the good behavior game for all classrooms. Future research should evaluate different methods to assess these variables in more detail and continue to explore techniques to aide educators in the classroom.

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