New research pinpoints how ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall can change people’s motivation to complete difficult tasks.

 ADHD in the News 2020-03-26

Common assumption has long held that Ritalin, Adderall, and similar drugs work by helping people focus. The new study shows that these medications—usually prescribed to individuals diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...actually work by directing the brain to fix its attention on the benefits, rather than the costs, of completing difficult tasks. The study in Science marks the first time that scientists have examined precisely how stimulants such as Ritalin alter cognitive function.