Processing of scientific information in adults with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)


End Date August 31, 2024

Primary Contact Cate Davidson


Additonal Contact Jesse Bering


Study Details

What is the Aim of the Project?

The aim of this project is to investigate the processing of scientific information in adults with ADHD. This will be compared to the processing of scientific information in adults without ADHD. This project is part of Cate Davidson’s Master’s research, supported by the Department of Science Communication at the University of Otago.

What Type of Participants are being sought?

We require 50 adult participants with ADHD, and 50 participants without ADHD. All participants must be proficient in English and have no tertiary degree (BSc or higher) in science. ADHD participants must state that they have received a diagnosis by a physician (i.e., rather than self-diagnosed).

Participants will be required to provide basic demographic data. All personal information for this study will remain confidential.

You are eligible to participate if you are aged 18 or over.

Participants will be paid $2.00 USD for their time via MTurk upon completion of the first stage of the project. Participants will have the option to be notified via email to complete the second stage of the project. Those who opt in will be paid an additional $2.00 USD via MTurk upon completion of the second stage of the project.

What will Participants be Asked to Do?

Should you agree to take part in this project, you will be asked to answer demographic questions about yourself (age in years, gender, education level, whether they have ADHD, and if they take medication for ADHD), read a short piece of scientific text (>2,000 words each), and answer questions about the text.

At the completion of the survey, you will be given the option to be contacted to complete a second survey a week later. Those who agree will be asked to provide an email address. A follow up questionnaire will be sent out a week after the initial survey is completed containing a further 20-24 questions.

Response times will vary, but we anticipate that completing the full study (both parts) should take 45 minutes. Payment of $2.00USD will be made after the completion of the first survey. Payment of $2.00USD will be made after the completion of the second survey, if you choose to complete this.

Please be aware that you may decide not to take part in the project without any disadvantage to yourself of any kind.


This study has been approved by the University of Otago Human Ethics Committee. If you have any concerns about the ethical conduct of the research you may contact the Committee through the Human Ethics Committee Administrator (ph +643 479 8256 or email Any issues you raise will be treated in confidence and investigated and you will be informed of the outcome.