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Colouring

We have been conducting randomised controlled studies to examine the impact of colouring on student wellbeing, focusing on stress, anxiety and mindful attention. 

Our first published paper consisted of two studies finding that colouring, compared to a control condition of reading, decreased reported stress, improved reported mindful attention and also improved performance on tests of sustained attention and divergent thinking. 

We are currently conducting research comparing colouring with an active control (focusing on one's breath) and looking at the longer-term impact of colouring on student wellbeing. 

 

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Research paper