Do inhibitory control demands affect event-based prospective memory performance in ADHD?

TitleDo inhibitory control demands affect event-based prospective memory performance in ADHD?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsAltgassen, M, Koch, A, Kliegel, M
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
PaginationAdvance online publication
ISSN1557-1246
KeywordsADHD, Executive Function, inhibition, prospective memory
Abstract

Objective: Empirical evidence on prospective memory (PM) in ADHD is inconsistent. Differential findings have been related to differential executive control demands. This study aimed at exploring the impact of inhibitory control on event-based PM performance in ADHD. Method: Eighteen adults with ADHD and 18 controls performed a word categorization task with an embedded event-based PM task. In addition participants performed an acoustically presented task that put either low or high loads on inhibitory control processes. Results: Inhibitory load did not differentially affect PM performance: Across both inhibitory load conditions individuals with ADHD showed reduced PM performance when compared with controls. Moreover inhibitory load did not influence PM performance across both groups. Conclusion: Possibly full inhibitory control resources are not necessary during the entire duration of an event-based PM task but may suffice to be employed after cue detection when needing to interrupt the ongoing task. (J. of Att. Dis. 2013; XX(X) 1-XX).

DOI10.1177/1087054713518236
Refereed DesignationRefereed