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Anales de Psicología

On-line version ISSN 1695-2294Print version ISSN 0212-9728

Abstract

LOZANO, José H.; CAPOTE, Elena  and  FERNANDEZ, María P.. Convergent validity of the measures of attention and impulsivity in the Trees: simple Visual Discrimination Test (DiViSA-UAM). Anal. Psicol. [online]. 2015, vol.31, n.1, pp.74-83. ISSN 1695-2294.  http://dx.doi.org/10.6018/analesps.31.1.161371.

The Trees: Simple Visual Discrimination Test (DiViSA-UAM) is an objective test to assess attention and impulsivity in children aged between 6 and 12 years. The aim of this study was to supplement the validity data obtained in prior research, analyzing the evidence of convergent validity of the measures of the DiViSA-UAM in relation to other, already well-established, instruments for assessing attention and inhibitory control in children: the 'Faces', Differences Perception Test and the d2 Test of Attention. To this end, the instruments were administered to a sample of 111 students from primary education (46 girls and 65 boys) between the ages of 8 and 12 years. The correlation analysis showed values in line with expectations among the indices of the three tests. Similarly to what has been observed in prior research, the three tests coincided in identifying a progressive increase in attention performance between the ages of 8 and 12, as well as stability in impulsivity control and the absence of sex-related differences. We discuss the potential advantages of the DiViSA-UAM derived from its application format and its greater ease of execution.

Keywords : DiViSA-UAM; attention; impulsivity; computerized tests; convergent validity.

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