Atypical alpha asymmetry in adults with ADHD.

TitleAtypical alpha asymmetry in adults with ADHD.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2009
AuthorsHale, ST, Smalley SL, Hanada G, Macion J, McCracken JT, McGough JJ, Loo SK
Date Published2009 Aug
KeywordsAdult, Alpha Rhythm, Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity, Eye, Female, Functional Laterality, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Neuropsychological Tests, Photic Stimulation, Psychomotor Performance, Reaction Time, Spectrum Analysis

A growing body of literature suggests atypical cerebral asymmetry and interhemispheric interaction in ADHD. A common means of assessing lateralized brain function in clinical populations has been to examine the relative proportion of EEG alpha activity (8-12 Hz) in each hemisphere (i.e., alpha asymmetry). Increased rightward alpha asymmetry has been associated with ADHD-like traits such as reduced reward responsiveness, a lack of inhibition toward aversive experience, and increased approach behaviors, and previous work has indicated increased rightward alpha asymmetry in children with ADHD. The current study explores whether increased rightward alpha asymmetry is also evident in adults with ADHD.

Alternate JournalNeuropsychologia