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Study for Children 10 to 12 With Excessive Daydreaming, Mental Confusion, Fogginess, Spaciness and/or Slowed Behavior/Thinking

Study for Children 10 to 12 With Excessive Daydreaming, Mental Confusion, Fogginess, Spaciness and/or Slowed Behavior/Thinking

Why are we doing this research?

Cincinnati Children’s is conducting a research study to look at how attentional problems may be related to emotional difficulties over time.

Who can participate?

Children 10 to 12 years old who have attentional difficulties such as excessive daydreaming, mental confusion and fogginess, spaciness, and slowed behavior/thinking may be eligible to participate.


  • Healthy Infants, Children and Adolescent Studies
  • ADD / ADHD

What will happen in the study?

You and your child will be asked to participate in 3 study visits over 2 years. The first study visit will last approximately 4 hours, and the other two visits will last approximately 3 hours. Here are some of the things that will happen in this study.

If your child is taking a psychostimulant medication for ADHD, you will be asked to discontinue their medication 24 hours before the research study visits.

Most of the tests and procedures in this study are standard.
You and your child will:

  • Separately answer questions about his/her mental health
  • Complete rating scales

Your child will:

  • Be asked to complete behavioral tasks
  • While completing a social interaction chat room task, have physiological (body function) data collected including:
    • An electrocardiogram to measure your child’s heart rate; involves electrodes (small metal disks) placed on your child’s collar bones and at the bottom of his or her rib cage to identify when your child’s heart is beating and how fast it is beating
    • A belt around your child’s ribcage to measure his/her respiration; involves placing a belt around his/her ribcage on the outside of their clothing
    • A test to measure the amount of sweat produced on the tip of their fingers; involves putting electrodes around two of your child’s fingers with Velcro

Your child’s teacher will also be asked to complete rating scale forms after each study visit.

You will be given a consent form that thoroughly explains all of the details of the study. A member of the study staff will review the consent form with you and will be sure that all of your questions are answered.

What are the good things that can happen from this research?

We cannot promise any benefits to you or your child from your taking part in this research. However, possible benefits include better understanding your child’s attentional, behavioral, emotional, and social functioning.

What are the bad things that can happen from this research?

We will talk about possible risks and discomforts with you prior to enrolling you and your child in the study.

Will you/your child be paid to be in this research study?

Families will receive up to $660 for 3 study visits over a 2-year period. Your child’s teacher will be compensated $25 for completing rating forms after each visit.


Contact Us.

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Contact Kiley Yeaman
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039

Study Doctor

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Stephen Becker, PhD
Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center