Video Game Performances Are Preserved in ADHD Children Compared With Controls

Stéphanie Bioulac, Stéphanie Lallemand, Colette Fabrigoule, Anne-Laure Thoumy, Pierre Philip, Manuel Pierre Bouvard
J Atten Disord. 2012-05-24; 18(6): 542-550
DOI: 10.1177/1087054712443702

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1. J Atten Disord. 2014 Aug;18(6):542-50. doi: 10.1177/1087054712443702. Epub 2012
May 24.

Video game performances are preserved in ADHD children compared with controls.

Bioulac S(1), Lallemand S(2), Fabrigoule C(2), Thoumy AL(3), Philip P(2), Bouvard

Author information:
(1)Pôle Universitaire de Psychiatrie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent, Bordeaux,
France Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux, France
(2)Université Victor Segalen Bordeaux 2, Bordeaux, France.
(3)Pôle Universitaire de Psychiatrie de l’Enfant et de l’Adolescent, Bordeaux,

OBJECTIVE: Although ADHD and excessive video game playing have received some
attention, few studies have explored the performances of ADHD children when
playing video games. The authors hypothesized that performances of ADHD children
would be as good as those of control children in motivating video games tasks but
not in the Continuous Performance Test II (CPT II).
METHOD: The sample consisted of 26 ADHD children and 16 control children.
Performances of ADHD and control children were compared on three commercially
available games, on the repetition of every game, and on the CPT II.
RESULTS: ADHD children had lower performances on the CPT II than did controls,
but they exhibited equivalent performances to controls when playing video games
at both sessions and on all three games.
CONCLUSION: When playing video games, ADHD children present no difference in
inhibitory performances compared with control children. This demonstrates that
cognitive difficulties in ADHD are task dependent.

© 2012 SAGE Publications.

DOI: 10.1177/1087054712443702
PMID: 22628143 [Indexed for MEDLINE]

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