Dr Khng Kiat Hui Publishes Paper in the Online Journal of Cognition and Emotion
Tuesday, 15 November 2016
Dr Khng Kiat Hui, Research Scientist at the Education and Cognitive Development Lab of Office of Education Research, published a paper titled “A Better State-of-mind: Deep Breathing Reduces State Anxiety and Enhances Test Performance through Regulating Test Cognitions in Children” in the online Journal of Cognition and Emotion based on her OER research project OER 08/15 KKH.
In the paper, Dr Khng wrote about her research which examined the effects, mechanisms and moderators of deep breathing on state anxiety and test performance in 122 Primary 5 students. The analyses suggested that deep breathing reduces state anxiety in test-like situations, creating a better state-of-mind by enhancing the regulation of adaptive-maladaptive thoughts during the test which allows for better performance. The quick and simple technique can be easily learnt and effectively applied by most children to immediately alleviate some of the adverse effects of test anxiety on psychological well-being and academic performance.