Short latency evoked potentials and intra-individual variability in children.
AuthorLord-Maes, Janiece Marie.
KeywordsCognition in children.
Evoked potentials (Electrophysiology)
Auditory evoked response.
Learning -- Physiological aspects.
AdvisorMishra, Shitala P.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractIndividual differences in learning with a focus on neuropsychologic anomalies underlying learning strategies has been receiving attention in recent years. As a result, interest has increased in quantifying and analyzing cognitive behavior more directly. One of the tools that measures brain activity directly is the evoked potential (EP). This study investigated the EP recorded from the brainstem region, often referred to as brainstem auditory evoked response (BAER). The importance of BAERs in detecting pathology in the brainstem has been well documented. BAERs have also been advocated as an important tool in the electrophysiological assessment of children's brainstem function relative to learning disorders. BAER latencies were recorded, therefore, from a small group of average children and studied in relation to the BAER stability overtime. Intra-individual differences were compared to between-subject differences. So little BAER research has been performed with children that more studies are needed just to clarify normal variability of BAER parameters. The present investigation studied intra-individual differences in the stability of BAER latencies over time in young subjects with normal hearing, for comparing with and contrasting to previous results from a study using an adult sample. BAER latencies were recorded for left, right, and binaural ear presentations. A coefficient of stability (CS) was calculated for each peak, for each ear over time. ANOVA results showed significance for peak and peak by ear interaction. Several BAER parameters were examined within-subjects that may not be revealed in studies between-subjects. Profiles for intra-aural differences over time showed individual differences in the stability of the BAER. Although there appeared to be a trend toward inter-ear differences the differences did not reach significance. The profiles indicated considerable intra-aural pattern replicability, and a trend toward increase in stability over time. The results supported a need for future research on laterality studies, more age specific normative data and correlational studies in relation to individual cognitive differences.
Degree ProgramEducational Psychology