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  1. Dante Spetter1,
  2. Donald Wertlieb2,
  3. Myrna V. Vashcencko2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0424

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Spetter, D., Wertlieb, D. and Vashcencko, M. V. 2010. Hyperactivity. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

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  1. 1

    Harvard University

  2. 2

    Tufts University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The term hyperactivity refers to both a symptom associated with a variety of medical and behavioral disorders and a common psychopathological syndrome. A range of related terms are often treated interchangeably, including overactivity, hyperkinesis, minimal brain dysfunction, attention deficit disorder and attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder. This discussion addresses hyperactivity as a descriptor, symptom, and syndrome, emphasizing the disorder currently called attention deficit–hyperactivity disorder.


  • behavior disorders;
  • classroom discipline;
  • organic brain syndrome;
  • school adjustment;
  • temperament