57. Working memory deficits in adults with ADHD

J. L. Vassileva, J. M. Vongher, M. Fischer, L. Conant, R. C. Risinger, B. J. Salmeron, E. A. Stein, R. A. Barkley, S. M. Rao

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Abstract

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder has been shown to persist into adulthood. The childhood form of the disorder has been associated with executive function deficits implicating frontostriatal dysfunction. Barkley has proposed a hybrid theory of ADHD that unifies these findings. The current study examined one of the proposed executive functions in ADHD adults. We used a working memory task with varying levels of difficulty to determine whether working memory deficits observed in children with ADHD continue into adulthood. Preliminary findings indicate that working memory function is compromised in ADHD individuals such that they exhibit fewer correct responses, make more errors of omission and commission, and tend to have slower reaction times.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)216-219
Number of pages4
JournalBrain and Cognition
Volume47
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Dec 1 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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