Journal article

Abnormal spatial asymmetry of selective attention in ADHD

Edgar Chan, Jason B Mattingley, Cynthia Huang-Pollock, Therese English, Robert Hester, Alasdair Vance, Mark A Bellgrove

JOURNAL OF CHILD PSYCHOLOGY AND PSYCHIATRY | WILEY-BLACKWELL PUBLISHING, INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Evidence for a selective attention abnormality in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been hard to identify using conventional methods from cognitive science. This study tested whether the presence of selective attention abnormalities in ADHD may vary as a function of perceptual load and target lateralisation. Given evidence of right-hemisphere dysfunction in ADHD we predicted increased interference effects for right, but not left-sided target displays, particularly under low perceptual load. METHOD: Fourteen children with ADHD-C and 14 typically developing children were tested on a modified flanker task under low and high perceptual load. We also so..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by a Howard Florey Centenary Fellowship to M. A.B from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) of Australia. Data collection at the Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne was supported in part by a grant from the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. The authors would like to acknowledge the assistance of Thomas Carr and Joel Nigg and the Michigan State project. The data collection associated with the supplementary analysis of Huang-Pollock et al. (2005) was supported in part by ROI MH59105 to Joel Nigg and MH12333 to Cynthia Huang-Pollock. The authors would like to thank the participating families for their involvement.