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Listen to “What Neuroscience Reveals About the ADHD Brain” with Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

In this hour-long podcast, learn how attention works in the ADHD brain, what stimulant medications have to do with brain arousal, understand the ADHD brain’s development, and more with Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

An image of a brain made of puzzle pieces symbolizes the complex nature of the ADHD brain.

Listen to “What Neuroscience Reveals About the ADHD Brain” with Joel Nigg, Ph.D.

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Joel Nigg explains how the ADHD brain handles attention and emotion and how stimulant medications interact with it.

In this episode:

  • How the ADHD brain develops and builds
  • How attention works in the brain, and why it is kids can pay attention to a video game but not a lecture
  • How emotion is processed by the ADHD brain
  • Why stimulant medications “calm” a child and what this has to do with brain arousal
  • Understanding the ADHD brain’s “structural volumes” (which are smaller than in neurotypical brains) and white matter (the brain’s fiber optic network that develops more slowly than in a neurotypical brain)
  • Seeing the ADHD brain as a partially built communications network and what that means for treatment approaches

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Listener testimonials:

  • “I would like to hear more from Dr. Nig. He was great!!! I learned a lot about why ADHD affects people the way it does.”
  • “This podcast was amazing. Thank you for providing these sessions. I do believe that I have grown in my knowledge base and for that I am very thankful.”
  • “Great presentation: able to explain technical information in laymen terms. Really appreciate that.”

Listen in and tell us what you think in the comments. If you’re interested in advertising in ADDitude’s ADHD Experts podcast, write to us at anne@newhopemedia.com.

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Note on audio quality: This podcast is a recording of a webinar series, and the audio has been captured from telephone conversations, not recorded in a studio. Register to participate in the live webinars at: www.additude.com/webinars/


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Updated on July 30, 2019

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