Week 0: Introducing Breathing as A Way to Unlock Better Performance

Mar 31, 2021


My name is Webber Sloan and I’ve been a student here at BASIS since before our Red Hook campus was even built. A lot has changed since then, but the senior project has been something that’s remained in the curriculum here. I’ve been looking forward to doing this project for a while now, and the time has finally come. 


The anxiety of a graded assessment is something that creeps up on all of us, and there is usually little we can do about it besides bite our lips and be hopeful until time expires. This was my attitude until I discovered the power of breathing, something that we do 20,000 times a day and think little about. We know so little about this necessary process that the answer to our anxiety troubles has been sitting under our nose this whole time. It was because of my fondness for gaining the upper hand that I decided to pursue a project in this area and conduct an experiment to see the efficacy of breathing in test taking situations. The experiment includes two 3rd grade classes of students: one class would take several assessments as they would regularly do, while the other would engage in short breathing exercises before their assessments. By performing simple breathing techniques for 3 minutes before the assessments, this study examines the potential of an increase in test-taking performance. The results here may lead to the conclusion that three minutes of breathing exercises can increase test scores.


Throughout this project I will be gaining various experiences that connect to being aware of the breath. I have already begun to take part in yoga classes and trainings as well as webinars led by leading researchers in the field. I will be following the guidance of and collaborating with my on-site and faculty advisors, and I am excited to share what I have learned with you. 


Thanks for taking your time to read this, and please let me know if you have any questions.



Senior Project Proposal: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GEkWqFygJUybwuLnbjo7ePO9A43iKZGPa-FuJil91y0/edit

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