IMPLICIT MEMORY IN YOUNG ADULTS WITH ADHD: DOES IT INCLUDE A CONCEPTUAL PRIMING DEFICIT?
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This experiment explored the distinction between two implicit memory test paradigms: identification versus production processes and conceptual versus perceptual processes. These dimensions were crossed to produce four different types of implicit tests, consistent with current literature, in which each test differentially consisted of two of the four processes. The tests were then administered across two divergent subject populations of young adults: ADHD and non-ADHD. Participants studied semantic properties of words, performed a filler section to divert attention from the studied words, and then performed four memory tests to assess long term, implicit memory. There were no statistically significant differences in performance between subject populations for any of the tests. Participants with ADHD performed equally well compared to their non- ADHD peers. These results are inconsistent with other research suggesting that children with ADHD have reduced priming with conceptual-based tests.However, participants with ADHD that had more severe symptoms exhibited reduced priming in conceptual tasks compared to other less symptomatic participants with ADHD, yet showed more priming in perceptual driven tasks.
Murphy, Stephanie R (2009). IMPLICIT MEMORY IN YOUNG ADULTS WITH ADHD: DOES IT INCLUDE A CONCEPTUAL PRIMING DEFICIT?. Available electronically from