Computerized eye-tracking training improves the saccadic eye movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Tsz Lok LEE, Kin Chung Michael YEUNG, Sophia L. SZE, Agnes S. CHAN

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Abstract

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. Copyright © 2020 by the authors.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1016
JournalBrain Sciences
Volume10
Issue number12
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

Citation

Lee, T. L., Yeung, M. K., Sze, S. L., & Chan, A. S. (2020). Computerized eye-tracking training improves the saccadic eye movements of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Brain Sciences, 10(12). Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci10121016

Keywords

  • Eye-tracking
  • Saccade
  • Fixation
  • Cognitive training
  • ADHD

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