The effects of stimulant drugs on curiosity behaviors of hyperactive boys

Nancy L. Fiedler, Douglas G. Ullman

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The curiosity behaviors of 20 hyperactive boys, both on and off stimulant drugs, and in relation to 20 nonhyperactive boys, were assessed. Comparisons on object, manipulative, conceptual, perceptual, and reactive curiosity tasks indicated that stimulants reduced only the object curiosity task performance of hyperactive boys, although the level tended to remain above that of nonhyperactive boys. Also, hyperactive boys both on and off drugs tended to have lower conceptual curiosity scores than controls. Implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)193-206
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1983
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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