Grant: $76,750 - National Institutes of Health - Aug. 26, 2009
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Award Description: The primary purpose of this award is to support a new line of research on the development of sustained focused attention in 2- to 6-year-old children. Expected outcomes of this research include generation of new knowledge about the mechanisms by which children can sustain focused attention and ignore distracters at different points in development. The secondary purpose of this award is to support investigation of the diagnostic potential of the tasks developed in the course of this research in identifying children at risk for the attention deficit disorder.
Project Description: The main goal of this project is to investigate developmental course of selective sustained attention trough the Object Tracking task. In this task 2 1/2 to 6-year-old children will be asked to track a single Target object moving along a random trajectory across a computer screen, accompanied by zero to eights Distracters. Experimental manipulations will include varying the number of distracters in the set, the number of trials, and identity of distracters (homogeneous vs. heterogeneous distracters). Behavioral and eye tracking measures will be collected. Two types of activities on this project are underway: participant recruitment and synchronizing the Object Tracking task with the Tobii eye tracker.
Jobs Summary: Research Assistant. Primary responsibilities include: recruitment of participants, data collection, and data entry. (Total jobs reported: 0)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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