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Videogames and young people with developmental disorders

Durkin, K. (2010) Videogames and young people with developmental disorders. Review of General Psychology, 14 (2). pp. 122-140. ISSN 1089-2680

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Abstract

Young people with developmental disorders experience difficulties with many cognitive and perceptual tasks, and often suffer social impairments. Yet, like typical youth, many appear to enjoy playing videogames. This review considers the appeal of videogames to individuals with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and specific language impairment. It examines how they respond to the various challenges that play entails with particular reference to sensory, cognitive, and social dimensions. It is argued that research into how these young people engage voluntarily with this dynamic and challenging medium offers great potential to extend our empirical and theoretical understanding of the disorders. Many gaps in our current knowledge are identified and several additional themes for possible future research are proposed.

Item type: Article
ID code: 25794
Keywords: ADHD, Asperger syndrome, autism, developmental disorders, dopamine, specific language impairment, videogames, autism spectrum disorders, Psychology, Psychology(all)
Subjects: Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Psychological Science and Health > Psychology
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Depositing user: Miss Lisa McWhinnie
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2010 09:48
Last modified: 27 Mar 2014 09:06
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/25794

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