Linking state regulation, brain laterality, and self-reported ADHD symptoms in adults

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Aim: Difficulties in regulating the motor activation state and atypical brain laterality have been suggested to be key factors in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). So far, the link between the two factors has not been directly tested, which is the aim of the present study. Method: Seventy-seven adults with various scores on the Conners' Adult ADHD Rating Scale performed a lateralized lexical decision task (measuring brain laterality) while stimuli were presented in a fast, medium and slow rate (measuring state regulation). Results: Higher ADHD scores were related to less involvement of the left hemisphere in the slow presentation rate, wherein regulating the motor activation state was most needed. Conclusion: The present findings suggest that poor state regulation is associated with atypical brain laterality in ADHD and that the interplay between these factors may underlie ADHD dysfunctions.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2-Sep-2016
EventNorth Sea Laterality Conference 2016: The international meeting on lateralisation in brain and behaviour - Van Swinderenhuis, Groningen, Netherlands
Duration: 1-Sep-20163-Sep-2016
Conference number: the 5th


ConferenceNorth Sea Laterality Conference 2016
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