Inconsistent Performance Speed Among Children With ADHD May Underlie How Well They Use Memory

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) — Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) show more variable or inconsistent responses during on ‘working’ or short-term, memory tasks when compared with typically developing peers, a study by UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute Julie Schweitzer has found.

"We think poor working memory is a characteristic present in many children and adults with ADHD," said Schweitzer, an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

"Our study helps explain why working memory may be fine at one moment and poor at another, just as one day a child with ADHD seems to be able to learn and focus in class and on another day seems distracted and not paying attention," Schweitzer said.

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