Positive aspects of ADHD

Manuscript ‘Self-reported Strengths in ADHD’ published

Oct 2022: We are very happy to see our project on self-reported strenghts in adults with ADHD in print in Frontiers in Psychiatry.

Schippers LM, Horstman LI, Velde Hvd, Pereira RR, Zinkstok J, Mostert JC, Greven CU and Hoogman M (2022) A qualitative and quantitative study of self-reported positive characteristics of individuals with ADHD. Front. Psychiatry 13:922788. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2022.922788

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Article in the Impuls & Woortblind magazine

Nov 2022: Lessa Schippers and Martine Hoogman were asked to write an article for the Impuls & Woortblind magazine about their research on self-reported positive aspects in ADHD. This project was performed in collaboration with Impuls & Woortblind, the Dutch organisation for people with ADHD, dyslexia and dyscalculia.

to read the article please visit

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Presenting work at ECNP 2022, Vienna

Oct 2022: The 35th ECNP Congress, Europe’s premier scientific meeting for disease-oriented brain research, was held in Vienna, Austria, with 5,700 participants from around the world. ECNP is an independent scientific association dedicated to the science and treatment of disorders of the brain. It is the largest non-institutional supporter of applied and translational neuroscience research and education in Europe. Principle investigator of our group, Martine Hoogman, presented work on the positive aspects of ADHD in a symposium entitled ‘Course alteration in ADHD: within sight or out of sight?’ Other presenters were Professor Luis Rohde, board member of the ADHD Wolrd federation from Brazil, Professor Andreas Reif, president-elect ECNP from Germany and Dr. Zheng Chang, assistent professor working at Karolinska Institutet Sweden.

Fortunately, the weather was excellent for a nice city walk in the sun!

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Groupmembers presenting their work at Leiden European City of Science 2022 (ADHDawareness month #2)

Leiden is European City of Science in 2022, during which there is a 365-day long programme for anyone with a curious mind. The ultimate goal of Leiden European City of Science is to connect science and society


Oct 2022: The Dutch organisation for people with ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia and ADHDEurope organized a symposium at the Leiden European city of Science event. Group members Lessa Schippers and Martine Hoogman were lucky to be invited to this event. They presented their work on positive aspects of ADHD and asked the audience for input for future research.

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ADHD awareness month 2022 (1)

Oct 2022: Our group is involved in two pubic events during the ADHD awareness month 2022.

On the1st of October group members Lessa, Lisa and Rowen organized a live experiment at the Donders Institute Open Day. In general, the open day attracted 1000 visitors of all ages. Also at our live experiment it were busy times. Visitors filled out the ADHD symptom rating scale and performed the Alternative Uses Task. Here you should come up with alternative uses for a known object. The results for both the questionnaire and the task were put on a post-it, which was pasted on the wall. In the picture you can see a nice distribution of the scores….do we see a positive correlation….? Well done every one! Thanks for visiting us.

Lab members Lessa Schippers and Lisa Horstman on the Donders Open Day: results of the live experiment

Children could work on the Alien Fruit Task, drawing a picture of fruits from outer space. This nicely matched the talk from our national space traveler, Andre Kuipers.

Our second contribution to ADHD awareness month will be on the Leiden City of Science event on the 15th of October. More about this event later.

Verslag van Lessa: Op zaterdag 1 oktober was de open dag van het Donders Instituut, in het kader van Weekend van de wetenschap maar ook voor ADHD awareness month. We waren goed vertegenwoordigd met Lisa, Lessa en Rowen.

Tijdens de open dag hebben we een live experiment gedaan om de correlatie te laten zien tussen ADHD kenmerken en creativiteit. Bezoekers deden de alternative use task, waarbij het de bedoeling was om zo veel mogelijk alternatieve gebruiken te vinden voor een alledaags voorwerp, in dit geval een krant, een schoen of een baksteen. Daarna vulden ze een vragenlijst over ADHD kenmerken in. Op de muur was een grafiek gemaakt met op de x-as ADHD kenmerken en op de y-as creativiteit. Met een post-it konden bezoekers aan de hand van hun scores hun naam in de grafiek plaatsen. Aan het eind van de dag hadden we een mooie positieve correlatie tussen ADHD en creativiteit.

Speciaal voor kinderen hadden we de alien fruit taak. Hierbij tekenen de kinderen hoe zij denken dat fruit er op een buitenaardse planeet uitziet. Dit was heel toepasselijk, aangezien André Kuipers ook aanwezig was voor een presentatie! Dit was een mooi evenement om ons onderzoek op de kaart te zetten en mensen meer te leren over ADHD en creativiteit!

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Making new friends in Bath, UK

Sept 2022: On the 30th of September, Martine met up with Punit Shah, Graeme Fairchild, Lucy Livingston, Esther Walton and Tom Lancester from the University of Bath. While enjoying hot chocolate (with cream and marshmallows) and cake at the Pump Room near the roman baths, the topic of neurodiversity (the new journal, mutual interests and comparing ASD and ADHD research) and of course ENIGMA projects were discussed.

Looking forward to future collaborations!

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Donders Open Day 2022

Sept 2022: Come and visit the Donders Open Day! On the 1st and 2nd of October we will open up to families, neighbours and everyone else who is curious about the Donders Institute in the weekend of Science. Our research group will also be present to perform a live experiment on creativity and ADHD. The day will start at 11 a.m. and will last until approximately 4 p.m. It is not necessary to sign up.  Check out more here.

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We won the Open Science Award 2022

Sept 2022: We, Lessa Schippers, Lisa Horstman, Jeanette Mostert, Corina Greven , Janneke Zinkstok from the Radboudumc, and Hans van de Velde and Rob Pereira from Impuls & Woortblind won the Dutch Open Science Award 2022 at the Open Science Festival at the VU in Amsterdam. The award was presented by the Dutch minister of Education, Culture and Science, Robbert Dijkgraaf. We won the award for our collaborative project on positive aspects of ADHD. This project was a co-creation between the Radboudumc and Impuls & Woortblind from the start of the project until the end of the project.

It was a very festive event with a lot of positive vibes. We all felt it was very excited to be there and to engage in open science. We were inspired by the work done by others and intend to use the prize money for a gathering to make new collaborative plans!

If you want to see more from the festival, the plenary sessions can be viewed here.

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Keynote lecture for Martine at the Australian ADHD Professionals Association Annual Conference 2022

July 2022:

Australian ADHD Professionals Association

July 2022: Martine presented her work on positive aspects in ADHD at the Australian ADHD Professionals Association Annual Conference 2022 in Sydney (Virtual). The members of the AADPA come from a range of fields including academia, clinical practice (psychiatry, paediatrics, psychology), coaching, education and allied healthcare.  The 2022 hybrid conference, “ADHD Coming of Age” was attended by the largest gathering of ADHD professionals in Australia working together to create better life outcomes for individuals with ADHD and their families.

I had the pleasure to visit Australia twice already, but not this time. I did the talk virtually. This means missing out the opportunity to interact with the audience but does save a lot of travel miles! So I guess I would have to do with the Waalbrug in Nijmegen instead of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, but who can tell the difference anyway 😉” Martine

Positive aspects of ADHD

Lessa successfully defended her masters thesis

July 2022: Today cognitive neuroscience master student Lessa Schippers presented her research project for the master internship. She investigated, using quantitative methods, the relationship between self-reported positive aspects of ADHD and ADHD traits in the general population. The data that she collected showed that people with many ADHD symptoms also experience more hyperfocus, sensory processing sensitivity and cognitive flexibility. Learning more about positive aspects of ADHD might benefit self-esteem and coping with the dificulties associated with ADHD. Lessa’s work is of high quality: She can be very proud of her accomplishments! Lessa, Martine Hoogman, and Corina Greven, will together prepare the manuscript for submission to a scientific journal. We are happy that she will stay on as a research assistant in our lab for a few more months.