ERIC Number: ED327041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
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Discriminating between Hyperactive and Control Preschoolers: The Preschool Vigilance Task.
Harper, Gary W.; And Others
This study examined the ability of a newly developed computerized visual vigilance measure, the Preschool Vigilance Task (PVT), to differentiate between 20 hyperactive and 20 control preschoolers. The PVT was developed to minimize cognitive requirements in a vigilance measure. The study compared performance of the subjects on the PVT and the established Continuous Performance Task (CPT) on two separate occasions. Results indicated that both the PVT and CPT were useful in differentiating between hyperactive and control preschoolers. Discriminant analyses revealed that for all combinations of data, the PVT produced significantly higher percentages of correct group classification than did the CPT. The PVT is seen to have potential in the identification of preschool children with Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder. The PVT involves only simple computer software and can be administered by minimally trained nonprofessional personnel in approximately 20 minutes. Includes 16 references. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
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Identifiers: Preschool Vigilance Task
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Midwestern Psychological Association (Chicago, IL, May, 1990).