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ERIC Number: ED503047
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ADHD Delays, Rather Than Alters, Brain Development. Science Briefs
National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
"Science Briefs" summarize the findings and implications of a recent study in basic science or clinical research. This brief reports on the study "Attention-deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is Characterized by a Delay in Cortical Maturation" (P. Shaw; K. Eckstrand; W. Sharp; J. Blumenthal; J. P. Lerch; D. Greenstein; L. Clasen; A. Evans; J. Giedd; and J. L. Rappaport). Study findings indicate that the maturation of brain architecture occurs in a highly similar fashion between typically developing children and those with ADHD, with a significant delay in those with the disorder. This delay also leads to a shift in when individuals with ADHD go through the process of pruning of nerve connections that is part of the normal maturation process during adolescence. [Study Title and Authors: Shaw, P., Eckstrand, K., Sharp, W., Blumenthal, J., Lerch, J.P., Greenstein, D., Clasen, L., Evans, A., Giedd, J. & Rappaport, J.L. (2007). Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder is characterized by a delay in cortical maturation. "Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci," 104:19649-19654.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
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