Inattention, Working Memory, and Goal Neglect in a Community Sample.

Elisa, R., Balaguer-Ballester, E. and Parris, B., 2016. Inattention, Working Memory, and Goal Neglect in a Community Sample. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, p. 1428.

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DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01428


Executive function deficits have been linked to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but it has been theorized that the symptom inattention is specifically related to problems with complex verbal working memory (WM). Using the Conners Adult ADHD rating scale, adults aged 18–35 were assessed for ADHD symptoms, and completed tasks designed to tap verbal and spatial aspects of WM (Experiment 1). Results showed that high inattention predicted poor performance on both simple and complex verbal WM measures. Results relating to spatial WM were inconclusive. In a follow up experiment based on the theory that those with inattention have problems receiving verbal instructions, a measure of goal neglect assessing integration of information into a task model in WM was employed (Experiment 2). Results showed that high inattention uniquely predicted performance on this task, representing the first reported association between inattention and the phenomenon of goal neglect. The results from both experiments lend support to the WM theory of inattention

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:inattention, working memory, goal neglect, ADHD, executive function
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:24791
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:28 Sep 2016 13:42
Last Modified:28 Sep 2016 13:42


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