Thanks to the research done by Amy Lawson Moore, PhD*, and Christina Ledbetter, PhD**, we now have insights into the ADHD brain. To date, this is the largest study conducted on the cognitive profiles in ADHD.
The results of this large study (over 5,400 individuals) revealed that the greatest cognitive deficits in individuals with ADHD include: working memory, long-term memory and processing speed. (See the Study Here)
“These results tell us that we need to select interventions that address more than attention problems,” explains Dr. Moore. “instead, we need to choose a therapeutic approach that targets multiple cognitive deficits. It’s a huge paradigm shift, and we are excited to share these findings with the psychology community.”
In the study, about 30% of the clients had been diagnosed with ADHD before beginning cognitive development (brain training).
The good news is that working memory, long-term memory and processing speed (all found to be deficits in the ADHD study) can all be targeted and strengthened, often in a comparatively short amount of time. Most of the individuals in this study received a six-month targeted intervention.
To find out more about the history of cognitive development, see this article.
*Gibson Institute of Cognitive Research
**Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center