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Psyc 221 Article Critique Essay

Running head: ARTICLE CRITIQUE-CHILD DEVELOPMENT 1 Rhonda Sandberg August 8, 2012 PSYC/221 Professor Karen Porter Abstract This is a study of methylphenidate (MPH), a stimulant prescribed to several children who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The reason for this study was to provide the first randomized, placebo-controlled test to see what the effects of this particular stimulant, MPH, had on children diagnosed with ADHD. The participants used were 49 children, ages nine to 12 years old, with ADHD. These children were given long-acting MPH (Concerta*), during their medication assessment, which lasted for three days, and was double-blinded, and placebo-controlled. The nearest equivalents to the MPH were 0.3 and 0.6 mg/kg t.i.d. . Research showed that MPH reduced the peak and skew of RT (reaction time) of distributions significantly. Research suggested that MPH improves both the speed and variability in the children’s response. This study suggests that MPH (methylphenidate) reduces lapses in attention. The stimulant enhancement of the self-regulatory process theorized is thought to be at the core of ADHD. According to researchers, Sarah V. Spencer, Larry W. Hawk Jr., Jerry B. Richards, Keri Shiels, William E. Pelham Jr., and James G. Waxmonsky, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity

PSYC 221ARTICLECRITIQUEPROJECT: TITLEPAGEANDREFERENCELISTINSTRUCTIONS(In preparation for the Article Critique Final Paper due in Module/Week 5)This assignment is your first step in the process of completing your Article Critique Final Paper due in Module/Week 5. This assignment provides you with an opportunity to have your article choice reviewed by your instructor and provides the opportunity for your instructor to give you feedback to help you to be successful on your final paper.Your grade for this project is based on two criteria:Your ability to correctly apply current APA guidelines for formatting a paper.Your ability to obtain a scholarly resource and correctly format the reference. Select a journal article that interests you. The article must be related to the topic of child development. The article you select must conform to the following criteria:1)The article must be recent (published within the past 10 years)2)

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