PhD student Masha Jones' is lead author of a new article in Journal of Attention Disorder: "Exploring N-Back Cognitive Training for Children With ADHD." Co-authors are Benjamin Katz, Martin Buschkuehl, Susanne Jaeggi, and Priti Shah. This publication grew from Masha's research for her PhD Second Year Research Paper benchmark.
The efficacy of n-back training for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was tested in a randomized controlled trial. Method: 41 children aged 7 to 14 years with ADHD were trained on an n-back task, and their performance was compared with that of an active control group (n = 39) who were trained on a general knowledge and vocabulary task. Results: The experimental group demonstrated transfer of training to a nontrained n-back task as well as to a measure of inhibitory control. These effects were correlated with the magnitude of training gains. Conclusion: Our results suggest that n-back training may be useful in addressing some of the cognitive and behavioral issues associated with ADHD.