About this Research Topic
The attention system is accountable for a variety of complex mental processes, as it orchestrates wide sensori-motor and cognitive essential aspects for producing adaptive behavior. Due to the pivotal role of the PFC and basal ganglia in attention processes, a focus has been directed to the effects of Methylphenidate in those regions, in improving the symptoms of attention deficit. However, the mechanism of action is to be deciphered.
The number of children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with attention deficit and prescribed with methylphenidate rapidly continues to grow over the last decades. Together, there are open questions regarding long-term use of Methylphenidate, its side effects, the consequences of abuse and many more.
This Research Topic welcomes authors to submit original research and review articles within the domain that seek to define the interaction between the attention system and dopaminergic regulation via Methylphenidate. We are interested in articles that illustrates how methylphenidate affects different types of attention in humans, animals and animal models. We also welcome other related topics.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• The molecular mechanism underlying the complex actions of methylphenidate.
• Side effects of methylphenidate administered acutely/chronically.
• The effects of development on the integrity of the attention system.
• Neurocognitive aspects of attention and attention deficits.
• Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) co-occurrence with autism
and other possible disorders or diseases.
• The neural circuits of attention: Imaging and electrophysiological studies.
• Animals models to test and understand attention.
• Function and dysfunction of the attention system as progenitor of cognitive
performance in health and in disease.
• Shared epigenetic and genetic variation in ADHD and different
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