Effects of reward on delayed reaction time task performance of hyperactive children.

Abstract

This experiment was designed to investigate the effects of continuous, partial, and noncontingent schedules of reward, as well as the withdrawal of rewards, on the performance of hyperactive and normal control children on a delayed reaction time task. Although noncontingent reward resulted in faster reaction times for control subjects, performance of hyperactives deteriorated under noncontingent reward and improved when it was withdrawn. Also, reaction times of controls during extinction remained superior to baseline, whereas performance of hyperactives returned to baseline level. It was suggested that these and other findings reviewed point to an unusual sensitivity to rewards in hyperactive children.

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@article{Douglas1983EffectsOR, title={Effects of reward on delayed reaction time task performance of hyperactive children.}, author={Virginia I. Douglas and Peter Parry}, journal={Journal of abnormal child psychology}, year={1983}, volume={11 2}, pages={313-26} }