Positive Illusory Biases in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Dr. Charlotte Johnston
Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a psychological condition involving inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity or impulsivity, appear to possess a Positive Illusory Bias (PIB) where they overestimate their abilities. This bias differs from the optimism of typically-developing children because it is more extreme, counter intuitive, and maladaptive. My research primarily investigates the specific mechanisms of this PIB.
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I would like to better understand the PIB in those with ADHD so as to learn how to reduce the negative influence of the PIB on the success of treatments for individuals with ADHD.
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