Activitas Nervosa Superior

, Volume 54, Issue 3–4, pp 135–138 | Cite as

Retained Primitive Reflexes and ADHD in Children

  • Jana Konicarova
  • Petr Bob
Open Access
Short Communication


Particularly important postnatal developmental reflexes that diminish in later stages of development are Moro reflex and Galant reflex that belong among the so-called primitive reflexes. According to current evidence persistence of the primitive reflexes is related to certain specific neuropsychiatric disorders. According to current knowledge there is no evidence whether these reflexes play a role in Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). To develop these findings we have tested a hypothesis whether ADHD children in the school age (8–11 years) will have higher level of persisting primitive reflexes Moro and Galant compared to a control group of children of the same age. Results of this study show that ADHD children have high occurrence of primitive reflexes compared to the control group, which indicates that ADHD symptoms may present a compensation of unfinished developmental stages related to diminishing Moro and Galant reflexes.

Key words

ADHD Galant Reflex Moro Reflex Developmental disorders Primitive reflexes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jana Konicarova
    • 1
  • Petr Bob
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social StudiesMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic
  2. 2.Center for Neuropsychiatric Research of Traumatic Stress, Department of Psychiatry & UHSL, 1st Faculty of MedicineCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic
  3. 3.Central European Institute of Technology, Faculty of MedicineMasaryk UniversityBrnoCzech Republic

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