The project was aimed at the use of multimedia and gaming to raise public awareness of Adult ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) using large urban touchscreens. The project finished in February 2015.

Completed project. See publications From SnappyApp to Screens in the Wild: Gamifying an Attention Hyperactivity Deficit Disorder continuous performance test for public engagement and awareness and Evaluating a public display installation with game and video to raise awareness of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental condition that is characterised by three core behaviours: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. It is typically thought that around 3-5% of school aged children have ADHD, with lifetime persistence for the majority.

The Screens in the Wild (SITW) initiative previously deployed a network of four public touch-screens in urban places. The SnappyApp ADHD web-app (another MindTech project) was translated for presentation on to the SITW platform. An attention test was redesigned with the input of a commercial graphics design company, based on an initial proof-of-concept whereby the original App is reprogrammed to present sequences of graphical objects and to introduce further engagement and gamification features including animations and scores. A shortened video about Adult ADHD and a brief questionnaire were incorporated to form a stand-alone edutainment package.

In addition to the specific goal of raising awareness of Adult ADHD, finding out whether and how people engage with interactive screen technology can help in the design of future public engagement and health promotion activities.

This project is a collaboration of MindTech, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Service and The School of Computer Science and IT at the University of Nottingham.

See: Publications page (ITAG and HCII papers) and ITAG 2014 Conference slides (describing Attention Grabber development and results): plus video of the presentation:

See also:launch of Attention Grabber.

Contact: Dr. Michael Craven