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Thesis

Assessing saccades and pursuits in children with attention deficit disorder using the DEM and Groffman

1 May 1995

Abstract

It has been suggested that the presence of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) does not appear to influence children's performance on eye movement tasks. In this study children between the ages of eight to twelve, diagnosed with ADD, were each administered two eye movement tests and a test of verbal intelligence. The three test used were the Developmental Eye Movement test, Groffman Visual Tracing Test, and the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test. All subjects in this experiment except one were on medication to control their ADD. Trends pointed towards higher then average scores on verbal intelligence, below average scores for saccadic eye movement ability and visual-verbal response time. The test used to analyze pursuits was indecisive, no trend was evident on pursuit eye movement performance with these ADD subjects.


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