Television Viewing Methodology to Understand Cognitive Processing of ADHD Children

  • Richard Milich
  • Elizabeth Pugzles Lorch
Part of the Advances in Clinical Child Psychology book series (ACCP, volume 16)


A review of the literature on the cognitive processing of attention deficit hyperactivity disordered (ADHD) children reveals an almost exclusive focus on the nature of the attentional deficits these children experience. Based on these studies, there is general agreement that a core feature of ADHD is a difficulty sustaining attention (Douglas, 1983; Whalen, 1989), although this conclusion is not universally accepted (see Sergeant & van der Meere, 1990; Swanson, Shea, McBurnett, Potkin, Fiore, & Crinella, 1990). The importance of this attentional deficit is reflected in the most recent diagnostic criteria for the disorder (American Psychiatric Association, 1987), as well as in the results of classroom observation studies and laboratory tasks.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Visual Attention Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Television Viewing Comparison Child 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Milich
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Pugzles Lorch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of KentuckyLexingtonUSA

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