Is television the new stimulant drug?: physiological responses to video clips in participants with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

dc.contributorBissell, Kimberly L.
dc.contributorPasadeos, Yorgo
dc.contributorGuadagno, Rosanna E.
dc.contributorBerger, Bruce K.
dc.contributor.advisorZhou, Shuhua
dc.contributor.authorAlsip, Mary Katherine
dc.contributor.otherUniversity of Alabama Tuscaloosa
dc.descriptionElectronic Thesis or Dissertationen_US
dc.description.abstractAttention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD) is a disorder characterized by an inability to focus attention, exert self-control, and succeed in an academic or career environment. Stimulant medications are typically used to treat AD/HD but they can have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects. Drawing from several communication and psychological theories on limited capacity for information processing and the self-regulation of undesirable behaviors, this dissertation examined whether fast-paced, highly aversive or appetitive video combined with glucose could improve recall in participants with and without AD/HD. 20 non-referred and 20 AD/HD participants were recruited and physiological data, self-report data, and signal detection responses were recorded and analyzed for trends in physiological responses and accuracy of recall. Results from the experiment indicate that glucose has a significant effect on recall, and figures indicate the pacing and valence attributes that are most effective for recall in AD/HD individuals. Data from this dissertation may be used as a model for the development of educational videos targeted to enriching the academic lives of AD/HD individuals. Data from the survey portion of the study is also indicative of the prevalence of medicated AD/HD in the college population.en_US
dc.format.extent132 p.
dc.publisherUniversity of Alabama Libraries
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dc.rightsAll rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.en_US
dc.subjectPhysiological psychology
dc.titleIs television the new stimulant drug?: physiological responses to video clips in participants with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorderen_US
dc.typetext of Alabama. College of Communication and Information Sciences & Information Sciences University of Alabama
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