Cognitive control, loosely defined as the ability to maintain sustained attention amidst the temptation of distraction, is a key factor missing for individuals diagnosed with Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.
According to this recent New York Times article:
“Depending on which scientist is speaking, cognitive control may be defined as the delay of gratification, impulse management, emotional self-regulation or self-control, the suppression of irrelevant thoughts, and paying attention or learning readiness.”
While the common treatment for ADHD in the US is medication, James M. Swanson, psychologist at the University of California at Irvine and researcher, whose work was published last year in The Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, states:
“There are no long-term, lasting benefits from taking A.D.H.D. medications… but mindfulness seems to be training the same areas of the brain that have reduced activity in A.D.H.D. That’s why mindfulness might be so important… it seems to get at the causes.”
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Read the full New York Times article: