ADHD and Working Memory: Computer Training Shows Benefit

RitalinRitalinA recent study reported
in Scientific American points the way towards a possible new treatment for
ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD is a widely
misunderstood condition which severely affects as many as one in a 100

Many studies have already
shown the benefits of medication – specifically Ritalin – in treating the
condition. This is a stimulant that can improve ADHD dramatically, although
exactly how it works remains a mystery.
One theory is that the
problems associated with ADHD are partly a result of an impairment of working
memory. This new research examines the possibility that a computer programme
can be used to train working memory.
The outcomes from this study
showed a significant benefit after training as rated by the children’s parents.
To its detriment though, no benefit was seen by the children’s teachers. As
ever, with brand new treatment methods, it remains to be seen whether these
results can be replicated, and also whether teacher ratings will show an
the author
Psychologist, Jeremy Dean, PhD
is the founder and author of PsyBlog. He holds a doctorate in psychology from
University College London and two other advanced degrees in psychology.
He has been writing about
scientific research on PsyBlog since 2004. He is also the author of the book
“Making Habits, Breaking Habits” (Da Capo, 2003) and several ebooks.
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.