ADHD and Distraction- A New Discovery

In The Journal of Neuroscience, two psychologists from Simon Fraser University, have made a brain-related discovery that may change the treatment of ADD/ADHD. “John McDonald, an associate professor of psychology and his doctoral student, John Gaspar, made the discovery during his master’s thesis research.”

distracted boy on class“This is the first study to reveal our brains rely on an active suppression mechanism to avoid being distracted by salient irrelevant information when we want to focus on a particular item or task.” 

not naughty“Moreover, disorders associated with attention deficits, such as ADHD and schizophrenia, may turn out to be due to difficulties in suppressing irrelevant objects rather than difficulty selecting relevant ones. The researchers are now turning their attention to understanding how we deal with distraction. They’re looking at when and why we can’t suppress potentially distracting objects, whether some of us are better at doing so and why that is the case.”

These days we work hard to ignore the head spinningconstantly changing stimuli that is all around us. In order to have a conversation or respond to an email, we must tune out, for example, other conversations that are going on around us, sudden noises, telephones ringing, etc. Many people with ADD/ADHD are unable to ignore some of these distractions, particularly the visual ones. The part of the brain that does this work is the frontal cortex. It is there that “controlled activity prevents salience-driven distraction (and it) is still poorly understood.”

Neurofeedback has been shown to help those with ADD/ADHD focus better and learn how to tune out common distractions in order to be more efficient in school, in work and in life. happy children- sunsetNeurofeedback is a way to train the brain to reorganize itself by reflecting back to the central nervous system, what the brain just did. It is a fascinating way to help those who suffer with ADD/ADHD, take control of their lives and feel better about themselves. In order to learn more about the type of neurofeedback that I do, NeurOptimal®, click on the link. To learn directly from me how I can help you with ADD/ADHD via NeurOptimal®,  feel free to contact me directly. I look forward to hearing from you.