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What kind of attention is involved in ADHD?

An excellent article by the Dana Foundation clarifies what the “Real Deficit in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder” is. Thank you to John from our Sharp­Brains’ group in LinkedIn for pointing it out.

Among other things, this article shows you that attention is more complex than you probably thought:

Scientists have identified at least three major components of attention that are served by discrete but integrally connected neural networks. The “alerting network” …. The “orienting network”….executive attention…..

And that there is more than one explanation offered for the deficits observed in children with ADHD:

Various other hypotheses have emerged recently in the ADHD literature …. Each of these theories offers tantalizing clues about what might be going wrong in the brains of children with ADHD, but they do not answer all of the questions.

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