Learning disability: An inability to sustain attention

R. O. Pihl, Ray Niaura

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Administered a complex reaction time task to 47 learning‐disabled and 41 control children, aged 8 to 10 ½. The preparatory interval between a warning and act light was manipulated for length and regularity. Groups differed only as a function of number of trials. It appears that the inability to sustain attention over time, rather than momentary inattentiveness, distinguished the two groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)632-634
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology


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