September 2017
Volume 17, Issue 10
Open Access
Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting Abstract  |   August 2017
The Influence of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Traits on Motion-Induced Blindness
Author Affiliations
  • Jeroen van Boxtel
    School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University
    Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience
  • Cassandra McEwen
    School of Psychological Sciences, Monash University
Journal of Vision August 2017, Vol.17, 1205. doi:
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      Jeroen van Boxtel, Cassandra McEwen; The Influence of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Traits on Motion-Induced Blindness. Journal of Vision 2017;17(10):1205.

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Typically, individuals have a bias towards the left visual field. This is often absent in individuals with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). A motion-induced blindness task with four targets arranged in a square formation was used to measure left/right and upper/lower spatial biases, and changes over time-on-task. University students (41 female and 17 male) completed the Conner's Adult ADHD self-report short-form, with scores above and below the median forming high (n=30) and low (n=28) attention-deficit/hyperactivity (ADH) trait groups respectively. Both groups had left biases for the total duration of perceptual disappearances and only the high group had left biases for the total number, which all decreased over time-on-task. Group differences emerged when comparing the four spatial quadrants: only the high ADH group showed a significant bias towards the lower left visual field for the duration of disappearances. This result could be attributed to an additive effect of left/right and upper/lower spatial biases. However, no significant biases presented for either ADH group for the number of disappearance when comparing all four targets, highlighting that two independent mechanisms might govern the number and duration of disappearances in MIB. This study supports an association between spatial attention, arousal and ADH traits in MIB.

Meeting abstract presented at VSS 2017


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