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Pupillary dilations in a Target/Distractor visual task paradigm and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

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Neurosci Lett. 2023 Nov 10;818:137556. doi: 10.1016/j.neulet.2023.137556. Online ahead of print.


ADHD is a neurocognitive disorder characterized by attention difficulties, hyperactivity, and impulsivity, often persisting into adulthood with substantial personal and societal consequences. Despite the importance of neurophysiological assessment and treatment monitoring tests, their availability outside of research settings remains limited. Cognitive neuroscience investigations have identified distinct components associated with ADHD, including deficits in sustained attention, inefficient enhancement of attended Targets, and altered suppression of ignored Distractors. In this study, we examined pupil activity in control and ADHD subjects during a sustained visual attention task specifically designed to evaluate the mechanisms underlying Target enhancement and Distractor suppression. Our findings revealed some distinguishing factors between the two groups which we discuss in light of their neurobiological implications.

PMID:37951300 | DOI:10.1016/j.neulet.2023.137556

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