Neuroscience Bulletin

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 103–110

Inattentiveness in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder

Review

Abstract

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a long-term impact on functioning, productivity and quality of life of patients. This impact is largely due to the symptoms of inattentiveness. However, despite its impairing role in the lives of ADHD patients, inattentiveness has been studied relatively less frequently than have symptoms of impulsivity/hyperactivity and problems with executive function. This review therefore seeks to integrate the neuropsychological theories and current findings in the research fields of neuropsychology, neurophysiology, and neuroimaging, in an attempt to gain a more complete understanding of the role that inattentiveness plays in ADHD, as well as to suggest directions for future studies. The need for a more comprehensive understanding of inattentiveness and ADHD, which integrates findings from each of the three disciplines mentioned above, is emphasized.

Keywords

attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder inattentiveness brain pathways neuropathology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology at Yeshiva UniversityYeshivaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsYeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  3. 3.Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research CenterYeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  4. 4.Department of RadiologyYeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  5. 5.Department of NeuroscienceYeshiva UniversityBronxUSA
  6. 6.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Albert Einstein College of MedicineYeshiva UniversityBronxUSA

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