From phenomena to theory-guided mechanisms: changing perspectives on ADHD

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Institution: TU Dresden, Universitätsklinikum Carl Gustav Carus
Applicant: Christian Beste
EKFS funding line: Key project

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most frequent neurodevelopmental disorders. Although past research has made progress in describing ADHD and identifying its biological and psychological correlates, there is no coherent mechanistic framework integrating the various disturbances. We propose a novel ADHD theory and perspective change. If successful, our project will provide evidence for the first mechanistic neurocognitive ADHD theory that integrates and helps understanding the heterogeneous, fluctuating symptoms of this disorder. This will provide entirely new, innovative options for both diagnosis and (psycho)therapeutic interventions.

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