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Selective attention deficits during human pregnancy.
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PMID:  12648749     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Using a longitudinal design we provide evidence that selective attention - a key component of cognition concerned with selection and preparation - is compromised during pregnancy. Selective attention was operationalized by means of the finger precuing technique, which selectively prepares two of four finger responses. The precuing benefit was taken as a measure of selective attention. Pregnant women showed a significant smaller precuing benefit at week 36 of pregnancy than did the control women, indicating loss of selective attention. Thirty-two weeks after childbirth this performance decrement had vanished, reflecting a functional recovery.
R H M de Groot; Jos J Adam; G Hornstra
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neuroscience letters     Volume:  340     ISSN:  0304-3940     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurosci. Lett.     Publication Date:  2003 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-03-21     Completed Date:  2003-05-07     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7600130     Medline TA:  Neurosci Lett     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  21-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University, PO Box 616, 6200MD, Maastricht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Analysis of Variance
Attention / physiology*
Pregnancy / physiology*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology*

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