The Dodo bird quote from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland came to mind as I read the results of a recent study. A randomised, controlled fMRI study of the effects of mindfulness and psychoeducation on the working memory of adults with ADHD found they both worked (for more on working memory, see What predicts ADHD symptom reduction over time?).
After 8 wks, both interventions were found to increase working memory performance and to increase task-related right parietal lobe brain activity to a similar degree (study here). Although I’d like to see the results for a third group who received neither intervention (to rule out any placebo effect), the good news is that, under both conditions, working memory increased. What would be interesting to see next is what happens when we combine mindfulness and psychoeducation.
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