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In a recent study, researches concluded that cognitive performance can be moderated by external stimulation in a non-clinical group of teacher-rated inattentive participants. If replicated this finding could have practical applications offering a non-invasive help to improve school results in children with attentional problems. In particular awareness should be raised regarding the possibility that the environment has be individually adjusted to the need of the children, where inattentive children in a normal population show noise benefit when performing cognitive tasks. In our data these effects eliminated the differences between high performing, attentive and low performing inattentive children. The possibility that attention can be improved by the addition of carefully controlled levels of white noise into ones environment is potentially of major practical significance. Currently ADHD children are treated successful with medication, where environmental stimulation could be seen as a complementary method to deal with inattentive problems. This could be of particular importance for the significant population of parents that are uneasy about the use of medication.

*Söderlund, Göran, Sverker Sikström, Jan Loftesnes, and Edmund Sonuga-Barke. "The Effects of Background White Noise on Memory Performance in Inattentive School Children." Behavioral and Brain Functions. Behavioral and Brain Functions, 29 Sept. 2010. Web. 07 Apr. 2015.