We are studying brain development in adolescents and young adults to discover more about how self-control develops. ADHD is associated with even higher rates of impulsivity and self-control problems. Findings from this study may help us better understand the development of self-control in adolescents and young adults with and without ADHD. Furthermore, our findings may lead to successful targets and recommendations for future self-control interventions, potentially benefiting those with ADHD and the general population.

The purpose of this study is to test whether a new intervention can help persons with attention problems or have ADHD with significant inattention, learn to ignore distractors.

We are performing this current study to test if this training to increase self-control can be increased using mobile app technology, with computerized game time being used as a reward. If this app is successful, it could be developed in the future as a program to that will give parents and teachers the opportunity for frequent training (e.g., on a cell phone or tablet) to practice self-control “games” in a variety of contexts using a readily consumable reward (i.e., game playing).