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Enhancing Attention and Performance: Interactive Metronome Training for Veterans

White paper presented at national AOTA conference 2014


Adult, Cognitive Skills, Military Readiness

In this study conducted at East Carolina University, all participants, who were veterans, exhibited improved attention skills after participating in Interactive Metronome (IM) training. Furthermore, they reported a noticeable increase in attention and concentration during school-related activities. After undergoing 15 IM training sessions at home over a period of 4 to 6 weeks, the participants were able to process more information as measured by their post-training D2 Test of Attention. They also showed improvement in the Concentration Performance measure. All participants rated their satisfaction with attention in school or work higher than before they began the IM training.

Abridged Summary & Results of Study

Efficacy of the Interactive Metronome® for Improving Attention in Veterans Returning to School Settings: A Pilot Study

YEAR: 2014


Veterans enrolled in studies at East Carolina University demonstrated improved attention skills on objective pre-post assessment (3/3) and reported functional increase in attention & concentration in school (2/3) after participating in Interactive Metronome (IM) training.


  •  n=3 veteran students at East Carolina University completed 15 IM training sessions at home using IM-Home over a period of 4-6 weeks

Before IM training:

  •  Participant 1: 55 year old female struggling with memory for new information and focusing attention
  •  Participant 2: 29 year old male, also struggling with retaining new information and with maintaining concentration during studies
  •  Participant 3: 38 year old male, wishes to improve ability to focus and tune out distractions, is less able to multitask and feels more scattered

Pre-post assessments included:

  •  Interactive Metronome (IM) Long Form Assessment to measure timing skills
  •  D2 Test of Attention for attention & concentration
  •  Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)

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