Performance in sustained auditory attention task by concussed and non-concussed athletes

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dc.contributor.advisor Simon-Dack, Stephanie L. Brewer, Brittany P. 2011-11-21T18:33:06Z 2011-11-22T06:30:27Z 2011-05 2011-05
dc.identifier.other A-341
dc.description.abstract Concussions may pose a great danger to the brain, specifically to brains of athletes who are repeatedly exposing themselves to mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). Covassin, Steame, and Elbin (2008) found that a history of concussions can affect neurocognitive functioning. De Beaumont et al. (2009) looked at former athletes who sustained their last concussion more than 30 years ago: electroencephalography (EEG) recordings showed athletes with a history of concussion demonstrated decreased attentional control during a standard auditory oddball target detection task. The behavioral results showed decreased performance on a variety of tasks. This may indicate issues in episodic memory and frontal lobe functions. These areas are sensitive to early-onset Alzheimer's disease. The current study uses an auditory oddball target detection task to detect attention in concussed and non-concussed collegiate athletes. It was hypothesized that concussed athletes would have a lower accuracy and slower reaction time than non-concussed athletes. Results indicated that males performed better, regardless of group. However, because of the small sample of males, females alone were also analyzed. Concussed females had a lower accuracy but were notably faster than non-concussed women. Concussed females also had a notably higher false alarm rate than non-concussed females. The sample size was too small to show significance, but running more participants may reveal more significant results.
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh Psychology.
dc.title Performance in sustained auditory attention task by concussed and non-concussed athletes en_US
dc.title.alternative Auditory attention task by concussed athletes
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?.) 2011-11-22

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