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Context Regulation of Mind Wandering in ADHD.

Authors
  • Bozhilova, Natali1
  • Michelini, Giorgia1, 2
  • Jones, Christopher1
  • Kuntsi, Jonna1
  • Rubia, Katya1
  • Asherson, Philip1
  • 1 King's College London, De Crespigny Park, UK.
  • 2 University of California Los Angeles, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Attention Disorders
Publisher
SAGE Publications
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
25
Issue
14
Pages
2014–2027
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1087054720956714
PMID: 32942934
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

We aimed to understand the association between MW frequency and clinical measures, context regulation of MW and group differences in task performance. 27 adults with ADHD and 29 controls performed tasks manipulating demand on working memory and sustained attention, and recorded their MW frequency using probes. A significant association between MW frequency and the clinical measures was demonstrated. Along with increased MW frequency, individuals with ADHD reported decreasing MW frequency during increasing demands on working memory (context regulation), but not on sustained attention (deficient context regulation). Controls, however, maintained continuous task focus across all conditions. Group differences in task performance were no longer significant after adding MW frequency as a covariate. Deficient context regulation during increasing demands on sustained attention suggests that sustained attention deficits may play a more important role in regulation of MW in ADHD. MW frequency might also underpin performance deficits in ADHD.

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