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ERIC Number: EJ843690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 97
ISSN: ISSN-1087-0547
Rethinking a Right Hemisphere Deficit in ADHD
Hale, T. Sigi; Loo, Sandra K.; Zaidel, Eran; Hanada, Grant; Macion, James; Smalley, Susan L.
Journal of Attention Disorders, v13 n1 p3-17 2009
Introduction: Early observations from lesion studies suggested right hemisphere (RH) dysfunction in ADHD. However, a strictly right-lateralized deficit has not been well supported. An alternatively view suggests increased R greater than L asymmetry of brain function and abnormal interhemispheric interaction. If true, RH pathology in ADHD should reflect interhemispherically networked and overactivated functioning. The authors evaluated these assertions. Method: Four elements of lateralized brain function were measured: LH specialized, RH specialized, LH with interhemispheric processing (LH/IH), and RH with interhemispheric processing (RH/IH). Next, the authors tested their association with cognitive ability, psychiatric comorbidity, and sibling correlations in 79 children with ADHD. Results: RH/IH processing was uniquely associated with other outcome measures. There were no associations for independent RH or LH function alone. Conclusion: Interhemispherically networked RH processing is critical in ADHD. In addition, lack of association between LH specialized processing and cognitive ability (especially for verbal cognitive tasks) supports increased RH mediation of task processing. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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