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Friday, October 18 • 10:50am - 11:50am
Changing Understandings of ADHD and Motivation

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This presentation will present an updated understanding of ADHD as impaired executive functions. It will also explain the puzzling fact that children, teens, and adults with ADHD are able to exercise their executive functions (focus, organization, alertness, working memory, emotional modulation, and self-management) very well in a few specific activities or tasks that interest them, even though they consistently demonstrate much difficulty in exercising those same executive functions in almost everything else they do, even for tasks and activities they recognize as important. Dr. Brown will describe how the brain "googles" for motivation and how ADHD impacts these processes in some situations but not in others. He will also describe how treatment for ADHD works.

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Thomas E. Brown

Director of Brown Clinic for Attention & Related Disorders, Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Keck School of Medicine of USC
Dr. Brown is a clinical psychologist who received his PhD from Yale University and specializes in assessment and treatment of high-IQ children, adolescents, and adults with ADD/ADHD and related problems.In his 30+ years of experience, Dr. Brown has contributed over 30 journal publications... Read More →


Friday October 18, 2019 10:50am - 11:50am
Room 316-317