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Fluorescent Lighting and Hyperactivity in Children

Introduction

Studies in environmental psychology have revealed that there is a role that the environment plays in influencing the behavior of human beings. This may be particularly well-defined in children who are more responsive towards the influences from their surroundings (Calhoon, 2006). ADHD is among the some of the sub-types of learning disabilities (Naff, 2008), accounting for about 30% of the LD population. In previous studies, hyperactive and other related groups of children with learning disabilities were demonstrated as being poor receivers of information that is passed verbally (Pellegrini, 2004). The optimal stimulation theory states that children who have autistic experience deficiency in arousal. Arousal refers to a psychological illustration of environmental stimulus that is evaluated by signs such as cardiovascular response.

Children suffering from ADHD and learning disabilities have sensory problems. They may have an undesirable response to certain common sensory stimuli such as lighting or sound. Many researchers agree with the fact that children with ADHD display atypical reactions to sensory stimuli. There have been a lot of researches previously done so as to establish what the effects of fluorescent lighting are on the conduct of hyperactive children. Some studies have hypothesized that fluorescent lighting might be a source for hyperactivity as well as lack of attention by children in classrooms. There are other schools which have gone ahead and changed to natural lighting without even having solid proof that the behavior of children is directly affected. A study that was recently conducted by Lambert (2007) asserts that “fluorescent lights amplify the restless activities of hyperactive children.” Fluorescent lighting is commonly used in nearly in all public schools for the reason that it is cheaper as well as more efficient, gives more light, produce less heat, in addition to consuming less energy as compared to an incandescent system.

Problem Statement

 Fluorescent lighting is commonly used in nearly all public schools for the reason that it is cheaper as well as more efficient, provides more light in addition to using a lesser amount of energy as compared to an incandescent system. However, earlier researches have shown that fluorescent bulbs that contain cool white lighting might lead to causing bodily stress, agitation, hyperactivity, lack of concentration, on top of other agonies thus resulting to a reduced learning performance.

Purpose of the Study

 

The objective of this study is to observe whether the number of occurrences of hyperkinetic activity in learners diminishes in case cool-white fluorescent lights are detached and then replaced by full spectrum lighting.

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