Movies Help Kids in MRI, Could Probe Causes of ADHD
Tamara Vanderwal, M.D., associate research scientist at the Yale Child Study Center, was recently awarded a two-year grant through the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation to use movies to investigate brain network dynamics in ADHD. “Exploring movies started as a way to increase compliance during brain scanning,” Vanderwal explained. There are only a handful of fMRI studies on awake kids aged four to six because it is difficult for them to keep still for so long. The powerful effect of the visual motion on the children convinced her movies could be used to probe brain connectivity, even in young children.