White noise & ADHD experiment

Jane: Days 2 & 3. Jane’s results were quite different from Amy’s on the same two days. During day 2 of A phase, Jane spent 3.35 minutes off task as opposed to .53 seconds off task during day 2 of B phase. This is more than three times less time spent off task than on the mirroring day of the week without the use of white noise. On day 3 of A phase, Jane spent 3.53 minutes off task and on day 3 of B phase, she spent 1.37 minutes off task. This is close to half as much time spent off task as the mirroring day the week before. On both of the days in question, Jane participated in centers in close proximity to where the white noise was being played. With noticeable results two days in a row and taking proximity into account, it might be assumed that the use white noise had a positive effect on the amount of time Jane spent on task.

Amy: Day 4. On the fourth day of Phase A, Amy spent 0.53 seconds out of 10 minutes off task. On the mirror day during the B phase of data collection, she spent 1.42 minutes out of 10 minutes off task. This is about two times the amount of time spent off task. This indicates again that the use of white noise may have been distracting for Amy.

Jane: Day 4. On the fourth day of Phase A, Jane spent 1.47 minutes out of 10 minutes off task. On the mirror day during the B phase of data collection, she spent 6.41 minutes out of 10 minutes off task. This is more than three times the amount of time spent off task. This indicates that the use of white noise may have been distracting for Jane.

Amy: Day 5. On the final day of Phase A, Amy spent 0.29 seconds out of 10 minutes off task. On the mirror day during the B phase of data collection, she spent 1.21 minutes out of 10 minutes off task. This is about three times the amount of time spent off task. This indicates again that the use of white noise may have been distracting for Amy.

http://www.cehs.ohio.edu/gfx/media/pdf/slone.pdf

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