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KIND Seminar: Treating ADHD symptoms with auditory noise - Empirical findings and some theory

2018-03-2016:00 till 17:00 KIND, CAP Research Center, Gävlegatan 22B, floor 8, Conference room: LeoAnnan

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Göran Söderlund, Professor, Faculty of Teacher Education and Sport, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL)

Treating ADHD symptoms with auditory noise - Empirical findings and some theory

ABSTRACT:

Treating ADHD symptoms with auditory noise: Empirical findings and some theory

Auditory noise is typically perceived as detrimental for cognitive performance; particularly in people with attention deficits and ADHD, that is associated with vulnerability to distraction. Counter to this, sometimes sensory noise improves neural function, and this appears more pronounced when function is impaired to start with. The talk will discuss under what conditions sensory noise benefit has been demonstrated in the context of children with low attention and/or an ADHD diagnosis. Data of noise benefit in motor learning in a rat model of ADHD (the spontaneous hypertensive rat) will also be presented. Possible explanations to noise benefit, including the phenomenon of stochastic resonance, will be proposed.

The lectures and subsequent discussions will be held in English and are open for all to attend. No registration is required.