ERIC Number: ED203583
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Distractibility in Learning Disabled Children: The Role of Measurement Artifact.
Harvey, Philip D.; And Others
Two digit span distraction tasks were used to compare performance of 32 learning disabled (LD) and 32 normal children (mean ages 16 and 15 years). On the first set of tasks, where the neutral and distraction conditions were matched for their ability to discriminate between groups, no differential distraction effect was found. The second task's distraction condition was designed to make it more discriminating than the neutral condition and a differential distraction effect was found. Results are discussed in terms of the need to consider the psychometric properties of research tasks as important variables and as a possible reason for disparate findings in the distractibility literature with LD Ss. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Psychological Association (88th, Montreal, Canada, September, 1980).