ADHD, Cogmed & College?
Presenter: Peter C Entwistle, PhD, Charles Shinaver, PhD
As is well known in the research literature a good number of children who have ADHD grow up to be adults with ADHD. Additionally, there are some who may not continue to meet the criteria for a diagnosis of ADHD, but still struggle with inattention, working memory and executive functions as adults. Although there are a more limited number of Cogmed-specific studies on this population the evidence shows promise. One interesting fact is that the population of college students with ADHD tends to be slightly older than typically developing students. One meta-analysis of Working memory training considering training programs more broadly than Cogmed argues for an “age independence principle: The effects of narrow task paradigm WM training are not dependent on age (at least for the age range 4-71 years)” (Schwaighofer, et al., 2015).
In 2014 there were two Cogmed-specific studies with college aged adults with ADHD (albeit older and with a broader age range than most “college-aged samples”) (Gropper, et a., 2014; Mawjee, et al., 2014). In 2015 two new studies were added to the literature (Liu et al., 2015; Mawjee et al., 2015). The study by Gropper, et al., 2014, focuses upon adults who are ADHD or LD. The Mawjee, et al. (2014), pilot study addressing issues of engagement, motivation and expectancy and was followed up with a larger study by Mawjee et al., in 2015. An unusual study by Liu et al. was published in 2015 that considered EEG data. We will review this data as well as the research and salient conceptual context that will help you to make sense of adult ADHD and how Cogmed might play a role with this population.
Date: Oct 18, 2016 - Time: 02:00 PM EDT