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Simon Game as a Test of ADHD and Executive Function

I’m reading ADHD in Adults (Barkley, Murphy, & Fischer, 2008) for a book review.  The authors list the kids’ game Simon as a test of executive function impairment in ADHD.  Of course!  That’s a great idea!  This is the electronic game where a sequence of colors is given to you, and you have to repeat it back.  It’s a great test of working memory.

Research studies on ADHD have used Simon as an evaluation measure.  Sure enough, people with ADHD have more difficulty following sequences than people without ADHD.

Since the color sequence is paired with a tone, I’ve wondered how musical ability helped people learn the sequencing.  When I was a kid, I remembered I paid just as much attention to the tones (maybe even more) as I did to the colors.  It would also be an interesting test of visual learning versus auditory learning.

Wikipedia said that Simon debuted at Studio 54.  I bet Simon was the envy of the other games.

Here’s a link to purchasing Simon on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2erVmKS


By |2017-01-10T08:44:34+00:00June 16th, 2008|Categories: ADHD, Books, Research|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Simon Game as a Test of ADHD and Executive Function

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Dr. Stephanie Sarkis is a National Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), and AMHCA Diplomate and Clinical Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling based in Tampa Bay, Florida, where she specializes in the treatment of ADD/ADHD. Dr. Sarkis conducts evaluations, testing, diagnosis, and counseling services. She also is a public speaker, consultant, coach, and is a facilitator in collaborative law.