In recent years, there has been an upswing in the number of concussion diagnoses per year in the United States, particularly in young athletes with still-developing brains. Accompanying this recent trend is an increased amount of research on concussions and their long-term impacts. This ongoing research project collects and compares data from concussed and non-concussed individuals using various neuropsychological batteries, self-report surveys and participants’ EEG readings. Data analysis of the results from 51 participants indicates that previously concussed individuals differ from their non-concussed counterparts. Specifically, individuals who have suffered a concussion exhibit specific and occasionally idiosyncratic deficits in executive control and impulse control tasks. These behavioral and neurological patterns are remarkably similar to those exhibited by individuals with ADD/ADHD. While most symptoms tend to diminish over time, many of the aforementioned executive control deficits and markers last well beyond the self-reported symptoms of the injury.
Raucci, Rachel J., "Examination of Neurocorrelates of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Young Adults" (2017). Neuroscience Honors Papers. 9.