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The present study was an experimental (pre and post without control) design where the participants served as self-control. ILDP is a four-day workshop designed for first-year BDS students at Vishnu Educational Development &Innovation Centre (VEDIC), Hyderabad. Psychological parameters like self-esteem, negative affectivity and social inhibition were assessed. Cognitive parameters like reaction time, spatial and verbal memory and academic performance in the MCQ test were assessed before and after the ILDP program. Our study provides first scientific evidence for the beneficial effects of the ILDP program as there was a significant improvement in the self-esteem and decrease in the negative feelings and social inhibition. These changes contributed to the increase in the cognitive performance of the students. We recommend adoption of the ILDP program in the regular curriculum for the benefit of the college students in general.
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