Preschoolers' cognitive performance improves following massage

Sybil Hart, Tiffany Field, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Brenda Lundy

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Preschoolers (Mage = 4 years, 4 months) were given WPPSI subtests, including Block Design, Animal Pegs and Mazes, before and after receiving a 15-minute massage or spending 15 minutes reading stories with an experimenter. Results revealed that performance on Block Design improved following massage and accuracy was greater on Animal Pegs in the massage group, particularly in more temperamental children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)59-64
Number of pages6
JournalEarly Child Development and Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognitive performance
  • Massage
  • Temperament

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Psychology


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