Journal article

Executive function and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder: stimulant medication and better executive function performance in children

S Kempton, A Vance, P Maruff, E Luk, J Costin, C Pantelis

PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 1999

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Executive function deficits have been reported repeatedly in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Stimulant medication has been shown to be effective in improving cognitive performance on most executive function tasks, but neuropsychological tests of executive function in this population have yielded inconsistent results. Methodological limitations may explain these inconsistencies. This study aimed to measure executive function in medicated and non-medicated children with ADHD by using a computerized battery, the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB), which is sensitive to executive function deficits in older patients with frontos..

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