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Dual task performance after focal cerebral lesions and closed head injuries.
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PMID:  8904742     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The aim of this study was to demonstrate that focal frontal lobe lesions and closed head injuries cause a deficit in the deliberate minimizing of dual task decrements that follow when two separate tasks should be done concurrently. In single tasks, subjects counted backwards and cancelled visual targets as quickly and accurately as possible on separate 1 min trials. In the dual task, they were required to do both tasks simultaneously, taking care that performance on neither task would be notably more impaired than on the other, as only the performance showing a larger percentage decrement from the corresponding single task performance was taken into account as the result of the test. Patients with acute closed head injury displayed more pronounced dual task decrement than the controls. This deficit was not secondary to inefficiency on the single tasks but was related to the depth of coma at admission, the acuteness of injury and age. Contrary to expectation, patients with focal frontal lobe lesions or patients with subacute closed head injury did not demonstrate abnormal dual task decrement.
J Vilkki; S Virtanen; O Surma-Aho; A Servo
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuropsychologia     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0028-3932     ISO Abbreviation:  Neuropsychologia     Publication Date:  1996 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-18     Completed Date:  1997-03-18     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0020713     Medline TA:  Neuropsychologia     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1051-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurosurgery, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Attention / physiology*
Brain Concussion / physiopathology,  psychology
Brain Damage, Chronic / physiopathology*,  psychology
Brain Neoplasms / physiopathology,  psychology,  surgery
Frontal Lobe / injuries*,  physiopathology,  surgery
Head Injuries, Closed / physiopathology*,  psychology
Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / physiopathology,  psychology,  surgery
Neuropsychological Tests
Postoperative Complications / physiopathology,  psychology
Problem Solving / physiology
Psychomotor Performance / physiology
Reaction Time / physiology

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