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Front. Psychiatry, 17 October 2016 |

Corrigendum: ADHD Rehabilitation through Video Gaming: A Systematic Review Using PRISMA Guidelines of the Current Findings and the Associated Risk of Bias

imageThiago Strahler Rivero1*, imageLina Maria Herrera Núñez2, imageEmmy Uehara Pires3 and imageOrlando Francisco Amodeo Bueno1
  • 1Grupo de Investigação em Memória Humana, Departamento de Psicobiologia, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
  • 2Programa de Psicologia, Universidad Libre, Cali, Colombia
  • 3Departamento de Psicologia, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Seropédica, Brazil

A corrigendum on

ADHD Rehabilitation through Video Gaming: A Systematic Review Using PRISMA Guidelines of the Current Findings and the Associated Risk of Bias
by Strahler Rivero T, Herrera Nuñez LM, Uehara Pires E, Amodeo Bueno OF. Front Psychiatry (2015) 6:151. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2015.00151

Modifications on the original paper are presented below. They were made to address the requests of the researchers whose papers were evaluated in our systematic review. Some corrections refer to mistakes made when data were transferred from tables to text (tables were correct, but some data were mistyped on the text). Other modifications can be classified as more detailed explanations, and they should clarify misunderstandings about the bias analysis or technical video game characteristics. The present corrections does not affect the scientific validity of the results, mainly those associated with the outcomes of the several regimens of videogames training and the possible research bias found throughout the studies that were analyzed. However, we do exalt the importance to associate the article reading with the corrigendum reading, to so fully understand the present findings.

Page 4, Operationalization of Cognitive Treatment Targets

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“Five studies had their video game built focusing on working memory (9, 34, 35, 38, 39). One study aimed at inhibitory control abilities (32). Some studies reports combined training. One of them (31) reports a combined working memory and inhibitory control training approach and another study (27) aimed to 3 cognitive targets, working memory, inhibition and cognitive flexibility.”

Page 4, Operationalization of Video Games Genre

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“Six studies (27, 29–31, 34, 35) employed 2D or 3D adventure games, this games employs elements of puzzles, exploring, discovering, and other games mechanics related to brain challenges and cognitive skills training. One study employed a gamified WM-task (9). These are the elements that these games employed. It should be clear that the cited works aimed to deal with the process that was the training targets.”

Page 4, Methodological Features of Studies, 2 paragraph

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“Ten studies used rating scales for collecting data, but three of them used rating scales only (27, 35, 36), one study (37) associated rating scales and formal education evaluation, four studies (31, 32, 38) used rating scales and cognitive tests methods, one study employed the three above cited tools (29) to assess participants and one study collected rating scale results and also EEG data (30).”

Page 4, Study Selection and Data Collection Processes

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“(ii) measurement bias is due to inappropriate use of scales or tests to measure ADHD symptoms and cognitive impairment mainly related to non-validated criteria or inconsistent use (i.e., employing only behavioral scales to measure cognitive change or employed only cognitive tests to measure behavioral changes).”

Page 10, Limitations Assessments

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“For example, regarding the difficulties about the study design and method, two mentioned the need for well-designed RCTs (30, 36), two other studies did not adopt a wait-list, a placebo and a control training condition (29, 34) and one did not control game elements, difficulty level and medication (9).”

Final line

“Moreover, variability on some outcome measures (30) and low power differences in teachers’ ratings (27) were also discussed.”

Page 10, Methodological Features of Studies, 3 paragraph

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“With respect to rating scales employed in the outcome, one study employed parent evaluation only (37), seven studies used Parent and Teacher rating (27, 29, 30, 32, 35, 36, 38), one study (31) employed parents and other significant adult and one study associated ratings from parents, teachers, clinicians, and the participants (28).”

Page 10, Limitations Assessments, final line

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Page 10, Transfer and Generalization Effects

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“Six studies did not evaluate transfer effects (9, 27, 31, 34, 35, 37). Four studies related transfer to non-trained skills such as flexibility (33) and working memory (29, 34, 38, 39). Two studies used reports from parents (32) and participants (28) account for improvements on attentional, organizational, and study skills. Two studies (30, 36) used mathematics and English exercise worksheets as a measure of skill transfer. However, the results were not presented in the studies.”

Page 10, Video Game Protocols Characteristics and Effects of Video Game Intervention on ADHD Participants

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“The minimum number of training weeks was 3 (9). Six studies trained their participants during 5–6 weeks (27, 29, 31, 35, 38, 39), five studies employed an 8-week regimen of training (28, 30, 33, 37), one study used 6–10 weeks regimen (34), one study used 10 weeks training (36), while another had 16 weeks of intervention (32).”

Table 1, line 1 (study 27), Cognitive function intervention target,

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“Inhibition, cognitive flexibility and visualspatial WM”

Table 2, line 1 (study 27), column 4 (Video Game Type)

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2D Adventure

Table 2, line 8, column 4 (Video Game Type)

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Gamified cognitive task

Page 11, Risk of Bias in Individual Studies

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“In terms of selection bias, two studies (9, 35) were rated as high risk due to increased likelihood of bias resulting (…)”

“Detection bias potentially posed high risk in seven studies (27, 28, 30, 32, 35, 36, 37) due to knowledge of the allocated interventions by outcome assessors.”

“Regarding attrition bias, only two studies (31, 32) were rated as high risk for potential attrition bias due to the amount or unclear nature of handling of the missing data. “

“Reporting bias was rated high risk in two studies (36, 37) as some key variables that would have been expected to be reported were not.”

“In addition, measurement bias was judged as high risk in the vast majority of studies (9, 27, 30, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39) due to (i) inconsistent conceptualization of cognitive target, (ii) inconsistent measurement of the outcomes, and/or (iii) inconsistent selection of tools and instruments to evaluate outcome. This kind of bias is related to the lack of an operational definition of a specific cognitive function and its consequent misadministration of an independent evaluation of cognitive targets with tasks recognized by the specialized literature.”

Page 11, line 5 (study 31), column 2, (Selection bias)

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unclear risk of bias (?) and not high risk of bias (+)

Page 11, line 5 (study 31), column 6, (Reporting bias)

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low risk of bias (−) and not high risk of bias

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.


TR has received a research grant from FAPESP (Fundação de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo) and from AFIP (Associação do Fundo de Incentivo a Pesquisa).

Keywords: neuropsychological rehabilitation, video game intervention, ADHD, real life, systematic review, PRISMA

Citation: Rivero TS, Herrera Núñez LM, Pires EU and Amodeo Bueno OF (2016) Corrigendum: ADHD Rehabilitation through Video Gaming: A Systematic Review Using PRISMA Guidelines of the Current Findings and the Associated Risk of Bias. Front. Psychiatry 7:173. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2016.00173

Received: 16 February 2016; Accepted: 29 September 2016;
Published: 17 October 2016

Edited by:

Ashok Mysore, St. John’s Medical College Hospital, India

Reviewed by:

Stuart John Johnstone, University of Wollongong, Australia

Copyright: © 2016 Rivero, Herrera Núñez, Pires and Amodeo Bueno. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) or licensor are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

*Correspondence: Thiago Strahler Rivero,