Auditory and Visual Executive Functions in Children and Response to Methylphenidate: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Yaffa Hadar, Shraga Hocherman, Oren Lamm, Emanuel Tirosh

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Abstract

Objectives: The aim of the study was to assess auditory and visually based executive functions (EFs) and the effect of methylphenidate (MPH) in children with ADHD. Methods: Thirty-six boys between the ages of 8.3 and 9.7 years with ADHD and 36 matched controls were included. The study group was randomized into MPH and placebo for 7 days each in a crossover design. A Cued Choice Reaction Time (CCRT) test that included incongruent cuing was administered at baseline and following 1 and 2 weeks. Results: The difference between the study and control groups was more evident with visual cues and incongruent cuing. Increased gains by children with predominantly hyperactive–impulsive\combined (HI\C) type of ADHD were observed under MPH. Conclusions: The differences between children with ADHD and typical children are more pronounce under incongruent auditory cuing. The gains attributable to MPH are more specific to tasks involving auditory and visual EFs and in children with HI\C type ADHDs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)235-245
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Volume24
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020

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Keywords

  • ADHD
  • executive function
  • methylphenidate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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