Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder-like traits and distractibility in the visual periphery

Panagiotidi, M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0189-5873, Overton, PG and Stafford, T 2017, 'Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder-like traits and distractibility in the visual periphery' , Perception, 46 (6) , pp. 665-678.

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Abstract

We examined the performance of non-clinical subjects with high and low levels of self-reported ADHD-like traits in a novel distractibility paradigm with far peripheral visual distractors, the likely origin of many distractors in everyday life. Subjects were tested on a Sustained Attention to Response Task with distractors appearing before some of the target/non-target stimuli. When the distractors appeared 80 ms before the targets/non-targets, participants with high levels of ADHD-like traits were less affected in their reaction times than those with lower levels. Reducing the distractor-target/non-target interval to 10 ms removed the reaction time advantage for the high group. We suggest that at 80 ms the distractors were cueing the arrival of the target/non-target and that those with high levels of ADHD-like traits were more sensitive to the cues. Increased sensitivity to stimuli in the visual periphery is consistent with hyper-responsiveness at the level of the superior colliculus.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society
Journal or Publication Title: Perception
Publisher: SAGE
ISSN: 0301-0066
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Depositing User: M Panagiotidi
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2019 10:30
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/48733

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