In article <3fbd9960 at dnews.tpgi.com.au>,
"John H." <johnh at faraway.com.au> wrote:
> Another myth bites the dust, though the evidence of ADHD being a real
> condition has rarely been in dispute by those who read the research.
> Hopefully this finding will further our understanding of this condition,
> which I have no hope of understanding.
>>> John H.
>>http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/3284629.stm>> Scientists have found differences in the brains of children with
> attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
> University of California Los Angeles researchers found some areas of the
> brains of the children were smaller, and but others had more grey matter.
London cabbies have different grey matter volumes in the hippocampus
than matched controls. As far as I know, nobody has used this to argue
that cabdriving is genetically controlled, or that being a taxi driver
is a "real condition".
My point being, if a child behaves consistently differently, or is given
neuroactive drugs for a long period, their experience of the world
differs. That difference can show up in brain structure, without the
need for a genetic or pathological basis. If you raise a kitten with
one eye closed, the large scale structure of its visual cortex is
radically different, despite the lack of a genetic difference or a
This is one of the most common misconceptions about brain development -
and it's common because it's very subtle and perhaps counterintuitive.
However, if we regard the brain as an organ whose primary function is to
adapt its structure to the experience it receives, the issues become
I'll get off my hobbyhorse, this is a topic I frequently get into when