Motor Attention Training for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • End date
    Jul 20, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Wisconsin, Madison
Updated on 21 February 2022
attention training
attention deficit disorder


The investigators will perform a feasibility/pilot trial of two non-pharmacological interventions for ADHD in college students.


College students diagnosed with ADHD will be randomized to three arms of approximately 8 weeks duration: (1) standard care plus a tai chi class, (2) standard care plus an exercise class, and (3) standard care alone. The exercise class will control for the social and motor components of tai chi training. The investigators will determine methodological parameters relevant to a subsequent full scale trial including recruitment and retention rates, acceptance of randomization, adherence to the interventions, and variance in outcome measures. The primary clinical outcome measure of this pilot randomized controlled trial (RCT) will be pre- to post-intervention change in inattention, i.e. the Inattentive Symptoms subscale of the Conners Adult ADHD Rating Scale self-report long form (CAARS-S:L, see Interviews etc. "ConverseSL"). Secondary measures to be explored will include self- and informant-report, neurocognitive measures, psychophysiological measures, and academic performance. Practice time will be assessed daily and follow-up self-report of ADHD symptoms will be gathered monthly for 3 months beyond the end of the intervention.

Condition Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Treatment Exercise, Tai chi
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT02688959
SponsorUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison
Last Modified on21 February 2022


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University of Wisconsin-Madison enrolled undergraduate
Documented ADHD diagnosis

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