Categories: New Grant Award
Senior Scientist Fuzhong Li, Ph.D., has been funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to evaluate whether a Tai Ji Quan program that includes cognitive exercises will have a positive effect on cognitive function in older adults. Tai Ji Quan: Moving to Maintain Brain Health (TJQMMBH) is based on a comprehensively researched, evidence-based program that has been shown to have multiple health outcomes. This version of the Tai Ji Quan program explicitly integrates a cognitive component to increase multitasking and cognitive demands on performing deliberate daily motor tasks.
Keith Smolkowski, Ph.D., senior scientist at ORI, recently was awarded a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to evaluate improvements in student self-management after the We Have Choices (WHC) behavior management program is used in upper elementary classrooms. The WHC program gradually teaches students to monitor their own behavior to ensure better success in meeting their social and academic goals and to relieve teacher & classroom stress. Young students do not often understand how their behavior affects their own success, teachers’ ability to teach, and the success of other students. Behaviors outside the classroom, such as completing homework the day before and arriving at school ready to learn, getting enough sleep, and eating a good breakfast, can also have an impact on student performance in the classroom.