Don’t Sit Still: Fidgiting May be Adaptive
A new study discusses that the fidgeting and movement that individuals experience, particularly those with ADHD diagnoses, seems to assist in activating attention just enough…helping the individual balance between hyperfocus and distraction. In this study with boys with ADHD, more movement was correlated with better memory performance. It seems reminiscent of the doodle data that came out a few years ago indicating that there is a memory and attention boost associated with doodling during an otherwise boring task. Our brains (and our bodies) seem to know how help us regulate for better performance in situations where we know we need to attend, but have difficulty doing so.