Does ADHD Effect Your Color Perception?

According to a one study it does. In comparing 14 children with ADHD to 13 children without ADHD the researchers noted that the ADHD children were worse at distinguishing colors and the at Stroop test. Oddly this effects the blue-yellow part of the spectrum worse than the red-green.
“Children with ADHD committed more errors on the [Farnsworth–Munsell 100 Hue Test], particularly on discrimination of colors along the blue–yellow axis, and were slower on Stroop subtests involving colour naming. However, the latter deficit was accounted for similarly by blue–yellow and red–green discrimination abilities. Blue–yellow colour perception problems in ADHD contribute to but do not fully explain the observed slowed colour naming.”
Colour perception in ADHD

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  • Rebecca Imhoff says:

    Yes, I have absolutely seen issues with colors/color naming with my son who is now 5 yrs old (diagnosed w/ adhd at age 4). This is actually one of the symptoms that I noticed in playing with him that made me decided to have him tested. I would really like to see more research done on this subject as I think it might be very important in helping us understand the causes and possibly find a cure. Please let me know if I can be of further assistance. As a side note, I noticed that the problem is not so much in the categorizing of colors (ex. make a pile of all the blue crayons) but rather in the recall of the name of the color (remembering that when they see the pile of crayons, that the name associated with that color is blue).

What are your personal experiences with ADD / ADHD, autism or dyslexia?