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Biol Psychiatry. 2004 Apr 1;55(7):772-5.

Training of slow cortical potentials in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: evidence for positive behavioral and neurophysiological effects.

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  • 1Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Göttingen, Göttingen, Germany.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Learned self-control of slow cortical potentials (SCPs) may lead to behavioral improvement in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Hence, training effects should also be reflected at the neurophysiological level.

METHODS:

Thirteen children with ADHD, aged 7-13 years, performed 25 SCP training sessions within 3 weeks. Before and after training, the German ADHD rating scale was completed by parents, and event-related potentials were recorded in a cued continuous performance test (CPT). For a waiting-list group of nine children with ADHD, the same testing was applied.

RESULTS:

ADHD symptomatology was reduced by approximately 25% after SCP training. Moreover, a decrease of impulsivity errors and an increase of the contingent negative variation were observed in the CPT task.

CONCLUSIONS:

This study provides first evidence for both positive behavioral and specific neurophysiological effects of SCP training in children with ADHD.

PMID:
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