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EEG anomalies in Attention-Defecit/Hyperactivity Disorder.

A/Professor Adam Clarke

AD/HD is one of the most common psychiatric disorders of childhood, affecting approximately 5% of primary school children. Almost all models of the disorder accept that the behavioural cluster which is AD/HD results from an underlying central nervous system (CNS) dysfunction. However, the exact nature of this dysfunction is poorly understood. Several electrophysiological based models of AD/HD have been proposed and recent research has suggested that most are too simplistic in nature, and the underlying CNS dysfunctions are inaccurately labeled. Part of the problem results from the use of multiple bands in the analysis of the EEG, as this approach does not allow an understanding of the role of any discrete band on functioning. In a different approach, our group has been decomposing the EEG into single bands and relating anomalies in these bands to specific brain states (such as arousal), and to behavior. Results from a number of studies, and their implications for understanding the link between brain and behaviour, will be discussed.

Applied Neuroscience Society of Australasia. Annual Conference
Cognitive Enhancement, Neuromodulation and Neurodiagnostics.
Sydney Australia . August 12-14 2011
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A/Professor Adam Clarke

A/Prof. Adam Clarke is a Psychologist and lecturer in the School of Psychology, University of Wollongong, Australia. After completing a masters in Psychology, Adam work for nearly 5 years as a psychologist in a Pediatric practice in Sydney, where he performed over 10 000 electrophysiological assessments on children with a broad range of behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. During this time he also completed a PhD at the University of Wollongong, in the EEG of children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Following from this position, he worked for nearly 3 years in the public hospital system, implementing a comprehensive protocol for the treatment of suicidal patients before starting a 3 year Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Wollongong. This post doc was once again in the electrophysiology of ADHD. At the end of the Post Doc, he was offered a lectureship at the University. Adam is a recipient of the Australian Psychological Societies Early Career Researcher Award, and the Presidential Award of Merit from the International Society for Neuronal Regulation. Adam continues to research into electrophysiological abnormalities in children with behavioral disorders, with over 50 publications in these groups.

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