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Electrical Signal in Brain Seems to Warn of 'Mistakes'
Date:3/23/2009

brain, which seemed to reduce alpha wave activity in the occipital region.

"It looks like the brain is saying, 'Pay attention!' and then reducing the likelihood of another mistake," Mazaheri said in a news release from the university.

The findings, published online March 23 in the journal Human Brain Mapping, could someday benefit children with ADHD.

"Instead of watching behavior -- which is an imprecise measure of attention -- we can monitor these alpha waves, which tell us that attention is waning," Mazaheri said. "And that can help us design therapies as well as evaluate the efficacy of various treatments, whether it's training or drugs."

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The U.S. National Institute of Mental Health has more about ADHD.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: University of California, Davis, news release, March 23, 2009


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