Sluggish cognitive tempo: Review of a construct

Ester Camprodon, Lurdes Duñó, Santiago Batlle, Xavier Estrada, Marta Aceña, Magda Marrón, Rafael Torrubia, Elena Pujals, Luis Miguel Martín, Núria Ribasfitó

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Sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT) has been associated with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder inattention subtype (ADHD-I). SCT symptoms have been found in clinical groups without ADHD, also correlations between SCT and measures of anxiety, and in other psychiatric disorders. The results regarding neuropsychological differences between subtypes of ADHD and SCT are controversial. Some authors suggest that high levels of both SCT and ADHD could be indicative of a new attentional disorder. The aim of this paper is a theoretical review of this construct. We conclude that there is a clear statistical validity of SCT; that it can be distinguished from ADHD and presents its own characteristics. Although SCT shows a strong association with ADHD, it probably is a separate entity that may act as a modulating factor of other attentional features that affect not only executive functions but also certain psychopathological manifestations mostly present in anxiety or depression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-168
JournalRevista de Psicopatologia y Psicologia Clinica
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013


  • ADHD subtypes
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Executive functions
  • Sluggish cognitive tempo (SCT)


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