Effects of motor sequence training on attentional performance in ADHD children

Gerry Leisman, Robert Melillo

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This study examines whether the nervous system can be made more efficient as a cognitive processing instrument and how signal detection theory may be used as an instrument for examining human performance and the effectiveness of clinical treatment. In this paper we will examine how IM affects human cognitive and neuromotor capacities and functioning and how signal detection methods may be used to functionally evaluate treatment efficacy as well as identifying clinical populations and characteristics for rhythmic training is likely to have a positive effect. Rhythm feedback training appears to have a significant effect on clinically observed changes in behavior in attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) elementary school-age children. Signal detection studies are ongoing to examine the nature of the observed relationships.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)275-282
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • ADHD
  • Fixed action patterns
  • Motor sequencing
  • Signal detection theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Sensory Systems
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing
  • Speech and Hearing


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