Rewards really pay off for kids with ADHD

 ADHD in the News 2015-08-04

Recognition for a job well done means even more to children with ADHD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder) than it does to typically developing kids. That praise, or other possible reward, improves the performance of children with ADHD on certain cognitive tasks, but until a recent study led by researchers from the University at Buffalo, it wasn’t clear if that result was due to heightened motivation inspired by positive reinforcement or because those with ADHD simply had greater room for improvement at certain tasks relative to their peers without such a diagnosis.