Sustained and Selective Attention in Boys with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Kim Hooks, Richard Milich, Elizabeth Pugzles Lorch

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Attempted to clarify the nature of the sustained and selective attention deficits implicated in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Specifically, performance on the Continuous Performance Test (CPT; Sergeant & van der Meere, 1990) and speeded classification task was assessed for a group of 7- to 12- year old ADHD boys and their same-aged normal peers. Results of the CPT indicated that both perceptual sensitivity and omission errors increased over time for the ADHD boys to a greater degree than for the control boys, findings indicative of a sustained attention deficit. Results of the speeded classification task indicated the ADHD children's performance was not as efficient as normal children. However, there was no evidence for a selective attention deficit. Findings are discussed in terms of a process-energy model of attention.

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JournalPsychology Faculty Publications
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994
Externally publishedYes


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