Single dissociation findings of ADHD deficits in vigilance but not anterior or posterior attention systems

Cynthia L. Huang-Pollock, Joel Nigg, Jeffrey M. Halperin

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Abstract

Following a distributed network model of visuospatial attention, the authors used an A-X version of the Continuous Performance Test and a covert orienting paradigm to examine the vigilance, anterior, and posterior attention systems. Compared with control participants without attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), children with the predominantly inattentive (ADHD-I) and combined (ADHD-C) subtypes had lower sensitivity (d') to detect targets from nontargets. Children with ADHD-C, but not ADHD-I, additionally had a highly activated response style (lnβ). Performance for both subtypes decreased to a greater extent over time in a manner consistent with problems in sustained attention. Together, these results suggest the presence of vigilance system deficits in participants with both ADHD subtypes. However, consistent with previous meta-analytic work, there was no evidence for anterior or posterior system orienting dysfunctions in either subtype.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-429
Number of pages10
JournalNeuropsychology
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Continuous Performance Test
  • Visuospatial orienting

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  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Single dissociation findings of ADHD deficits in vigilance but not anterior or posterior attention systems. / Huang-Pollock, Cynthia L.; Nigg, Joel; Halperin, Jeffrey M.

In: Neuropsychology, Vol. 20, No. 4, 07.2006, p. 420-429.

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Huang-Pollock, Cynthia L. ; Nigg, Joel ; Halperin, Jeffrey M. / Single dissociation findings of ADHD deficits in vigilance but not anterior or posterior attention systems. In: Neuropsychology. 2006 ; Vol. 20, No. 4. pp. 420-429.
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