Early educational interventions with computer programmes: the influence of genetic and neurobiological factors

Different studies of our centre showed that computer-aided instruction can be a useful tool in early literacy education. However, some children may be more sensitive for intervention programmes than others. In this research project we elaborate our findings that children with a specific dopamine genotype that is related to attention problems are more susceptible for an early literacy intervention than others.

The literacy intervention “Living Letters” contains specific feedback that keeps children on tasks. Because of the early detection of literacy diffuculties and by introducing teachers how to make use of ICT supplementary to their lessons, this practice-oriented study makes a valuable contribution to education.  


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This research was supported by a grant from both the Institute of Education and Child Studies and from the organization Stichting Kennisnet to prof. Adriana Bus.

Last Modified: 05-01-2016