Google Scholar Links 2/14/20

Here are this week’s top 10 articles from our EF Google Scholar alerts!

  1. A literature review and meta-analysis on the effects of ADHD medications on functional outcomes (2020)
  2. Early signs of disrupted rule learning in adolescents at clinical high risk for psychosis (2020)
  3. Executive and Daily Life Functioning Influence the Relationship Between ADHD and Mood Symptoms in University Students (2020)
  4. Poster: Designing a Wearable Technology Application for Enhancing Executive Functioning Skills in Children with ADHD (2019)
  5. Self-Directedness Positively Contributes to Resilience and Quality of Life: Findings From a Mixed Psychiatric Sample (2020)
  6. The effects of secondary tasks that involve listening and speaking on young adult drivers with traits associated with autism spectrum disorders: A pilot study with driving simulation (2020)
  7. The moderating role of socioeconomic status on level of responsibility, executive functioning, and cortical thinning during adolescence
  8. Time for a true display of skill: Top players in League of Legends have better executive control (2020)
  9. Using virtual reality to defne the mechanisms linking symptoms with cognitive defcits in attention defcit hyperactivity disorder (2020)
  10. Why Self-Report Measures of Self-Control and Inhibition Tasks Do Not Substantially Correlate (2020)

Tips & Tricks: Reduce Time Lost to the Infinite Scroll

Those of us with executive dysfunction and smartphones know all to well how easy it can be to lose hours a day to scrolling through social media without meaning to, or even realizing when it’s happening.

The act of switching away from one task (e.g., scrolling through social media) and to another (e.g., things you’re actually supposed to be doing) is part of the executive function of cognitive flexibility (CF), and getting stuck in the infinite scroll is just one way CF dysfunction can manifest.

If the infinite scroll is stealing time away from things you’d rather be doing, you might want to try setting usage alerts (helpful when so many of us also deal with time numbness) and/or limiting the time your phone or browser allows you to be on certain apps.

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Tips & Tricks: Octopus Watch

(This post is not sponsored in any way, we just want to share things that might help folks with executive dysfunction!)

Have you heard of the Octopus Watch? It seems like an excellent externalization tool to help kids with executive dysfunction manage their daily routine and improve their time monitoring skills.

The website describes it as:

Octopus Watch Motion Edition is the first icon-based watch that empowers kids by teaching good habits and the concept of time, while also encouraging them to stay active with its new fitness tracker.

• It links time to events thru 2000+ icons, making it the first clock that young kids can actually read and understand.

• It’s a scheduler for children that fosters responsibility, independence and self-esteem.

• It’s an assistant that helps parents prioritize expectations and stay consistent with daily routines.

• It’s a fitness tracker that tracks physical activity and more.

The promotional video gives even more information:

If your family has tried the Octopus Watch, drop a comment below, we’d love to hear what you think of it!