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ADHD Through the Lens of Game Design: How Digital RPGs Neutralize the Symptoms of Inattention Amongst Swedish Adults with ADHD
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Game Design.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a commonly diagnosed mental disorder with an estimated global prevalence of 5.29% that exhibit inattentive, hyperactive and impulsive behaviors, many of which can negatively impact an individual’s social, academic, occupational and everyday-life. Studies based on the Delay Aversion Hypothesis have shown that video-games effectively contribute to the neutralization of some of the inattentive symptoms of ADHD, and that games could act as a possible treatment option for individuals with ADHD. Attempts to use video games as a treatment option has previously been tried, however to a limited extent. This study approaches the topic from the game design perspective, and discusses which game mechanics, activities and stimuli contribute to the possible neutralization of the inattentive symptoms of ADHD, in order to lay a foundation for future research within the area. The study found that the participants with ADHD acted in ways that contradicted some of the described symptoms of ADHD in the DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) when playing video games, which could be attributed to the amount of stimuli available in video games. Additionally, the participants’ level of motivation when playing video games seemed to be strongly correlated to the principles of andragogy, which could indicate that children with ADHD might benefit from an educational system that combines and incorporates principles from both andragogy and pedagogy.

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2018. , p. 29
Keywords [en]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, ADHD, Treatment, Video Games, Game Design, The Delay Aversion Hypothesis
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Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-394208OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-394208DiVA, id: diva2:1357912
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Game Design
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Bachelor's Programme in Game Design and Graphics
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Available from: 2019-10-17 Created: 2019-10-04 Last updated: 2019-10-17Bibliographically approved

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