Do inhibitory control demands affect event-based prospective memory performance in ADHD?
|Do inhibitory control demands affect event-based prospective memory performance in ADHD?
|Year of Publication
|Altgassen, M, Koch, A, Kliegel, M
|Journal of Attention Disorders
|ADHD, Executive Function, inhibition, prospective memory
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. 2019; 23(1) 51-56).