Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Date of Award

Fall 2011

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Teacher Leadership (Ed.D)


Teacher Leadership for Learning

First Advisor

Dr. Doug Hearrington

Second Advisor

Dr. Tim Martin

Third Advisor

Dr. Adriane Randolph

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Binyao Zheng


This study sought to determine if the daily use of brain games such as Nintendo DS Brain Age could increase the engagement of students with ADHD. The findings bridge the gap between prior research on the frontal lobe’s connection to ADHD and the studies that have indicated brain games can stimulate this area of the brain. Based on the compilation of data, there is hope for ADHD patients searching for an alternative to medication. Data from seven of the nine instruments utilized in this study support the overarching hypothesis that the daily use of brain games can help decrease the theta/beta ratio of those with ADHD, while improving their ability to focus, and strengthening their executive functioning ability.