Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2008

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Craig A. Anderson

Second Advisor

Douglas A. Gentile

Third Advisor

Veronica J. Dark

Abstract

Research has recently addressed concerns about the potential for media exposure to cause attention problems and hyperactivity. A cross-sectional study of 211 undergraduate students examined behaviors and characteristics associated with exposure to television, films, and video games. Greater media exposure was associated with more attention problems and hyperactivity based on self-reported symptoms and past attention disorder diagnosis. Exposure to screen media was also associated with poorer school performance and greater aggression, possibly mediated by attention problems and hyperactivity. Two computerized performance tasks, the IVA Continuous Performance Test and the Eriksen Flanker Task, were generally unrelated to media exposure and other measures of attention problems and hyperactivity, suggesting the involvement of different aspects of attention in performance on these tasks.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-16606

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu/

Copyright Owner

Edward Lee Swing

Language

en

Proquest ID

AAI1454595

OCLC Number

268676061

ISBN

9780549684695

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

109 pages

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