Type

Journal Article

Authors

Ian H Robertson
Paul M Dockree
Mark A. Bellgrove
Redmond G O'Connell

Subjects

Psychiatry

Topics
attention neuropsychological tests physiology therapy humans adolescent child analysis of variance reaction time female attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity cognitive therapy male

Cognitive remediation in ADHD: effects of periodic non-contingent alerts on sustained attention to response. (2006)

Abstract Few studies have attempted direct cognitive remediation of attention deficits in attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The present study investigated the efficacy of periodic non-informative alerting cues for improving sustaining attention in ADHD. This technique is known to improve sustained attention in right frontal injury patients and may be effective in ADHD, given that this disorder has also been linked with right frontal dysfunction. Fifteen children with ADHD and 15 matched controls completed four blocks of a modified version of the Sustained Attention to Response Task (SART). Eight random non-contingent alerts were introduced on two of these blocks as a cue for participants to adopt a more supervisory stance to their performance. While the alerting cues did not alter the total number of commission errors committed by ADHD children over a task block, they did produce a significant short-term reduction in commission errors in the period immediately following an alerting cue. Our data demonstrate that sustained attention performance can be enhanced in children with ADHD using a simple cognitive training strategy. Methods from the field of cognitive rehabilitation may be viably applied to the remediation of attention deficits in ADHD.
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Full list of authors on original publication

Ian H Robertson, Paul M Dockree, Mark A. Bellgrove, Redmond G O'Connell

Experts in our system

1
Ian H Robertson
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 142
 
2
Paul M Dockree
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 32
 
3
Mark A. Bellgrove
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 35
 
4
Redmond G O'Connell
Trinity College Dublin
Total Publications: 49