Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Stroop Test is a psychological tool which is often used to assess attention problems.
Children with dyslexia often have accompanying problems with concentration and attention .In fact,researchers suggest that at least 40% of children with dyslexia also have ADD/ADHD.
The”Stroop Effect" is named after J. Ridley Stroop who discovered this in the 1930’s.
The test involves identifying colours from a list of words which are displayed in a colour ink different from the colour it actually names.
Eg GREEN ( the word green is printed or displayed in red ink).
You would give the answer ‘red ‘.
The test involves focusing on one particular feature of a task ie identifying the colour of the word, while ignoring other information ( ie reading the word ).This makes it a hard exercise to do and involves a lot of concentration.If GREEN was written in green ink it would make it a lot easier to give the correct answer.
Animal Stroop : If children are younger and can’t read then they are given animal pictures to look at. Pictures are used where the head of the animal has been swapped with another animal. The child is asked to give the name for the “body” of the animal
The Neuroscience for Kids site has mini stroop test flash cards which you could print out and test yourself or your child.
The One Show on BBC talked about the Stroop Test :
For more information about animal stroop look at the Open University site