Unconscious Priming of Focused Attention Reduces the Attention Deficits of ADHD Patients

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Unconscious Priming of Focused Attention Reduces the Attention Deficits of ADHD Patients. / Hosseini, Elaheh; Bock, Otmar Leo; Thomas, Monika.

in: Psychology, Jahrgang 7, Nr. 6, 06.2016, S. 815-819.

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abstract = "We have shown before that attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) children suffer fromdeficits of sustained attention, while divided, selective and distributed attention is largely spared.The present study explores whether these deficits can be ameliorated by unconscious priming ofattention. Sixty children diagnosed with ADHD participated, their age ranged between eight andtwelve years. Participants were primed with the scrambled sentence task: under the pretext of alanguage comprehension task, they were exposed to words referring to focused attention (group“focused”) or scattered attention (group “scattered”), or were not exposed to attention-relatedwords (group “control”). All three groups were then assessed with the same battery of attentiontests used in our earlier study. We found that compared to the “control” group, performance washigher in the “focused” group on tests of sustained, divided and distributed attention, and waslower in the “scattered” group on all four tests. From this we conclude that unconscious primingcan modify the attention of ADHD children, and that this modification extends to the one attentioncomponent that is most affected by ADHD. Unconscious priming might therefore be an expedientsupplementary method for ADHD treatment, as it can be administered at virtually no cost anytime,anywhere.",
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