Movies Used to Improve Knowledge of ADHD | Psych Central News
Promising new research uses movies to better investigate brain functions in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Tamara Vanderwal, M.D., associate research scientist at the Yale Child Study Center said watching a movie helps kids stay still while obtaining a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) examination. “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.” A fMRI measures brain activity by detecting changes associated with blood flow. This technique relies on the fact that cerebral blood flow and neuronal activation are coupled. Individuals are required to lie still during the actual MR scanning, then when the actual imaging is taking place, loud intermittent banging noises will be heard with headphones or earplugs often provided to minimize the noise during the procedure. As such, designing a different approach for young children was necessary. Vanderwal says the
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