Journal article

Contextual abnormalities of saccadic inhibition in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

S Cairney, P Maruff, A Vance, R Barnett, E Luk, J Currie

Experimental Brain Research | SPRINGER | Published : 2001

Abstract

Abnormalities of executive function are observed consistently in children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and it is hypothesised that these arise because of disruption to a behavioural inhibition system. Executive and inhibitory functions were compared between unmedicated and medicated children with ADHD (combined type), age-matched healthy children and healthy adults. Executive functions were measured using a test of spatial working memory shown previously to be sensitive to ADHD and to stimulant medication. Inhibitory functions were measured using an ocular motor paradigm that required individuals to use task context to control the release of fixation. Context was set..

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