Submission Date

7-19-2019

Document Type

Paper- Restricted to Campus Access

Department

Neuroscience

Second Department

Psychology

Faculty Mentor

Joel Bish

Comments

Presented during the 21st Annual Summer Fellows Symposium, July 19, 2019 at Ursinus College.

Project Description

This study investigates the differential impact of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) between genders on attention. The Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neurological Status (RBANS) and the Barkley Deficits in Executive Functioning Scale (BDEFS) were used to assess dimensions of cognitive functioning and neuropsychological status. The attentional indices of the RBANS and two indices of the BDEFS (the total scores for executive function and the ADHD-EF index) were assessed. In all indices, concussed males exhibited significant attentional deficits when compared to concussed females. Though our findings suggest that long-term attentional processes are more susceptible to concussion in males than in females, more research is required to investigate other confounding factors.

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