Resting EEG theta activity predicts cognitive performance in ADHD

Proposal details

Title: Resting EEG theta activity predicts cognitive performance in ADHD
Research Area(s): ADHD and Allied Conditions
Background: Quantitative electroencephalography has contributed significantly to elucidating the neurobiological mechanisms of Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder. The most consistent and robust electroencephalographic disturbance in Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder has been abnormally increased theta band during resting conditions. Separate research using attention-demanding tests has elucidated cognitive disturbances that differentiate Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder.
Aims: This study attempts to integrate electroencephalographic and neuropsychological indices to determine whether cognitive performance is specifically related to increased theta.
Method: Theta activity was recorded during a resting condition for forty-six children/adolescents with Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder and their sex- and age-matched controls. We then recorded accuracy and reaction time during an auditory oddball and a visual continuous performance test.