New Mapping Method Focuses on Attention Issues For ASD and ADHD (Sources: NCBI and Spectrum News)

Autism Research
Autism is often linked to Attention Deficit because hyperactivity and repetitive motions and behaviors are common in both ASD and ADHD. Approximately 80 percent of children diagnosed with autism also have ADHD. A new type of charting method shows how attention problems come from brain connection patterns.
 
Researchers used a new type of charts that showed how changed brain connection patterns could result in attention issues.
 
The study was done by taking data from the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort from 2011, accumulating the brain scans from 519 people, between the ages of 8 and 22. Twenty-five of the scans came from people with ADHD.
 
The results showed that 15 connection patterns were found throughout the brain scans with various levels of synchrony. These connections make up the intrinsic connectivity networks, which is vital to the growth during a person’s youth. Each scan was scored and put on a growth chart. They were also given a score based off how each pattern was developing for their age.
 
Attention tests were also given to the study participants, by pressing keys according to what letter or number was composed on a computer screen. This allowed to researchers to conclude that have underdeveloped brain connections did not succeed in the test.
 
The researchers’ final conclusions of the study were that young people with 3 out of the 15 underdeveloped brain connection patterns doubled the chance of having ADHD.
 
This study was the first to use this type of charting method to find how the brain networks can link to disorders or conditions.
 
For more information, check out the sources for this blog post, NCBI and Spectrum News. Photo’s source:
Spectrum News.
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