Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
First Committee Member
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Mirsky et al. (1991) proposed a four factor structure of attention (Shift, Focus, Encode, and Sustain) that found strong support across various clinical and non-clinical samples (see Mirsky & Duncan, 2004). Using a differing theoretical model Spikman et al. (1999) found that traumatic brain injury (TBI) changed the measured structure of attention. The purpose of the study was to assess if the structure of attention maintained in children who had sustained a TBI using the Mirsky model of attention. For the study 151 children between the ages of 8.9 and 18.4 years (mean 12.9, sd 2.6) suffering from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and 50 normal controls were evaluated. Results supported the four-factor Mirsky model of attention. Factor scores were subsequently created and used to predict the severity of brain injury. The shift and focus factors significantly predicted brain injury. The findings may assist determining what functions are most connected to severity of brain damage and could be used to assist those recovering from brain injury.
Attention; Brain; Children; Effects; Injury; Systems; Traumatic; Traumatic Brain Injury
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Park, Brandon Steven, "Effects of traumatic brain injury on the attention system of children" (2007). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2744.