My expertise here is minimal, but I would like it to be better because ADHD is probably the most salient in my personal life.
Curious about the psychopharmacology of stimulants in particular, e.g. Handelman and Sumiya (2022). Why do they work?
Also curious about the political economy of stimulants in the medicalisation economy.
Involvement in modern attention economy
In a political economy that is dominated by the war for salience, what niche does ADHD fill? Is ADHD a risk factor? An adaptive response? A side-effect?
What even is mindfulness?
I don’t know. See meditation for now.
Implications for learning
Indeed, children with ADHD needed more trials to reach the criterion, suggesting poor learning. However, they needed more trials under both the constant and the partial reinforcement conditions. On the extinction phase, children with ADHD made fewer previously-rewarded choices, suggesting faster extinction, as predicted by the DTD.
The combination of slow learning and fast extinction might seem surprising, as participants must learn the new rewards regimen in the extinction phase. Conversely, this combination is understandable; forgetting something one did not learn well is easier. Therefore, the results suggest that children with ADHD have a fundamental learning deficit, which is independent of whether the reinforcement is constant or partial.
An interesting coaching project: Off Piste ADHD Coaching – working with curious humans to discover what happens next
John Cassidy, The Attention-Deficit-Disorder Economy
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Sam Atis, in More notes on ADHD, connects ADHD medication to nootropics and finds no meaningful differentiation.