Journal of Adult Development

, Volume 12, Issue 2–3, pp 113–121 | Cite as

Quantitative EEG Assessment During Neuropsychological Task Performance in Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • J. Noland White
  • Teresa A. Hutchens
  • Joel F. Lubar


This study evaluated the neuropsychological performance of adults with and without Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) during the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (PASAT), Wisconsin Card Sorting Test: Computerized Version 3 (WCST), and the Integrated Visual and Auditory Continuous Performance Test (IVA). Quantitative electroencephalographic (QEEG) data were also collected during task performance to examine differences in cortical activity between groups and tasks. Results suggest that adults with ADHD demonstrated lower levels of performance on the PASAT and IVA, tasks that involve working memory and processing speed, and sustained attention, respectively. Adults with ADHD also had more upper alpha activity during the IVA. Lastly, for the ADHD group, an increased theta/beta ratio during the IVA was significantly related to poorer attentional performance. The current results support reinforcing specific types of cortical activity though EEG operant conditioning (neurofeedback) as a treatment option in adults with ADHD.


adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) QEEG neurofeedback neuropsychological! assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Noland White
    • 1
    • 3
  • Teresa A. Hutchens
    • 2
  • Joel F. Lubar
    • 2
  1. 1.Georgia College and State UniversityMilledgevilleGeorgia
  2. 2.The University of TennesseeKnoxville
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyGeorgia College and State UniversityMilledgevilleGeorgia

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