Evaluating an Intervention Plan Aimed to Improve Attention Span and Retention, for Students who are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactive disorder, as Means to Achieve Academic Success

Students diagnosed with ADHD struggle to achieve academic success all over the country. Currently, the only available treatment is through medication. Our team is responsible for  the analysis of brain wave activity of students with ADHD, while they perform different tasks at hand. The first step in our research is to focus on one case study in order to gain a firm understanding of the overarching problem and possible solutions. We are currently developing cognitive tests that will help us identify critical performance characteristics within the brain activity of those diagnosed with this disorder. While the student is performing these tests, we will record his/her brain wave activity. In the final phase, we will utilize experimental design to develop training methods constructed to help the student improve control over his/her symptoms and assess performance over time.

Experiment Goals

  • Determine whether non-medical methods can be used to control symptoms of ADHD
  • Analyze cognitive load and stress data throughout BrainHQ training program
  • Monitor performance in multiple neuropsychological testsADHD Medication By State


  • Record baseline performance, brain activity, and stress on Psytoolkit neuropsychological tests: ABBA, Multitasking, and Wisconsin Card Sorting Task. Recorded monthly thereafter
  • Record brain activity and stress of participants completing Brain HQ training weekly
  • Analyze cognitive load and stress data from weekly recordings to detects progress
  • Correlate performance changes on Psytoolkit tests with changes in stress and cognitive load