Fruit Flies Unlock Clues to the ADHD Brain

Researchers are studying the brains of fruit flies to better understand how memory and attention work in people with ADHD.

Thursday January 21st - 11:34am

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Scientists at the Queensland Brain Institute discovered that Ritalin has the same effect in fruit flies as it does in humans; it helps distracted flies to pay attention to visual stimuli, a discovery which could lead to further advances in the understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism in humans, according to

Scientists claim that the brain pathways of fruit flies will unlock clues about how Ritalin works to help the human brain develop and retain memories. Understanding the processes regulating attention and memory in the fly brain will allow researchers to better understand how memory and attention work together in the brains of ADHD humans.

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