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Department of Psychology, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, University of Guilan, Rasht, Iran , (shimahosseini@rocketmail.com)
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Introduction: The results of previous research in indicated that training of increasing attention and concentration plays an important role in the learning and academic progress of students. In this regard, the present study aimed to investigate the effect of focus and attention training on problem-solving skills and anxiety-exams in students.
Materials and Methods: This study is an experimental that designed as pre-test and post-test with control group. The statistical population of this research includes the all-girl students of seventh grade of governmental schools in 2 area of Rasht city during the educational year of 2015-2016, which 30 of them where selected by randomized multistage sampling. Attention and concentration training was taught to the 15 students in experimental group in ten sessions of one month period, while 15 students of control group did not receive any special training. Both groups of control and experiment have assessed in pre-test and post-test with Cassidy and long problem solving scale and Sarason test anxiety questionnaire. Data were analyzed using the covariance method in SPSS software.
Results: There were significant difference between two groups about problem solving skills (P=0.001) and test anxiety (P=0.001). This means that attention and focus training has been able to improve problem-solving skills and reduce test anxiety in students of experimental group.
Conclusion: Strengthening attention and focus as one of the main aspects of reducing students' stress and increasing their mental efficiency should be seriously addressed by psychologists and educational instructors.

Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2017/03/11 | Revised: 2018/06/22 | Accepted: 2017/07/8

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