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Computerized Eye-Tracking Training Improves the Saccadic Eye Movements of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

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Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
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Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong, China
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Research Center for Neuropsychological Well-Being, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, New Territories, Hong Kong, China
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Brain Sci. 2020, 10(12), 1016; https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10121016
Received: 21 November 2020 / Revised: 18 December 2020 / Accepted: 19 December 2020 / Published: 21 December 2020
Abnormal saccadic eye movements, such as longer anti-saccade latency and lower pro-saccade accuracy, are common in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The present study aimed to investigate the effectiveness of computerized eye-tracking training on improving saccadic eye movements in children with ADHD. Eighteen children with ADHD (mean age = 8.8 years, 10 males) were recruited and assigned to either the experimental (n = 9) or control group (n = 9). The experimental group underwent an accumulated 240 min of eye-tracking training within two weeks, whereas the control group engaged in web game playing for the same amount of time. Saccadic performances were assessed using the anti- and pro-saccade tasks before and after training. Compared to the baseline, only the children who underwent the eye-tracking training showed significant improvements in saccade latency and accuracy in the anti- and pro-saccade tasks, respectively. In contrast, the control group exhibited no significant changes. These preliminary findings support the use of eye-tracking training as a safe non-pharmacological intervention for improving the saccadic eye movements of children with ADHD. View Full-Text
Keywords: eye-tracking; saccade; fixation; cognitive training; ADHD eye-tracking; saccade; fixation; cognitive training; ADHD
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Lee, T.L.; Yeung, M.K.; Sze, S.L.; Chan, A.S. Computerized Eye-Tracking Training Improves the Saccadic Eye Movements of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Brain Sci. 2020, 10, 1016. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10121016

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Lee TL, Yeung MK, Sze SL, Chan AS. Computerized Eye-Tracking Training Improves the Saccadic Eye Movements of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Brain Sciences. 2020; 10(12):1016. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10121016

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Lee, Tsz L., Michael K. Yeung, Sophia L. Sze, and Agnes S. Chan 2020. "Computerized Eye-Tracking Training Improves the Saccadic Eye Movements of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder" Brain Sciences 10, no. 12: 1016. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10121016

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