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Lower blood pressure correlates with poorer performance on visuospatial attention tasks in younger individuals.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16701935     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The relationship between low blood pressure and cognitive function among younger individuals is not fully understood. While a number of studies have examined hypertensive and hypotensive individuals, particularly in older populations, little attention has been devoted to healthy, young populations. We tested 105 healthy young individuals whose blood pressure levels naturally fell in the below normal-to-normal range. Our primary finding was a positive relation between blood pressure and cognition, as measured by two visuospatial attention tasks. This relation appears to be specific to visuospatial skills, as no relationship was observed between recognition memory and blood pressure. We discuss possible explanations for this positive relationship, such as structural neural mechanisms, and how they apply to the overall blood pressure-cognition relationship.
Whitney Wharton; Elliot Hirshman; Paul Merritt; Bethany Stangl; Kathleen Scanlin; Lauren Krieger
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2006-05-15
Journal Detail:
Title:  Biological psychology     Volume:  73     ISSN:  0301-0511     ISO Abbreviation:  Biol Psychol     Publication Date:  2006 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-11-13     Completed Date:  2007-02-28     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375566     Medline TA:  Biol Psychol     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  227-34     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, 2125 G Street, Washington, DC 20005, United States.
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MeSH Terms
Arousal / physiology
Attention / physiology*
Blood Pressure / physiology*
Body Composition
Color Perception / physiology*
Exercise Test
Heart Rate / physiology
Hypertension / physiopathology,  psychology
Hypotension / physiopathology,  psychology
Neuropsychological Tests*
Orientation / physiology*
Pattern Recognition, Visual / physiology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
Reaction Time / physiology*
Statistics as Topic
Verbal Learning / physiology*

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