Networks of attention in children with the 22q11 deletion syndrome
The 22q11 chromosomal deletion syndrome (22q11 DS) is associated with learning disabilities and a complex neuropsychological profile. Previous findings have suggested that executive attention deficits might underlie other neurocognitive anomalies. We administered the childAttentionNetworkTest (ANT) to 52 children ages 5.0 to 11.5, 32 22q11 DS children (19 girls) and 20 controls (13 girls) and assessed the efficiency of segregated executive, orienting, and alerting networks. We hypothesized that 22q11 DS children have impaired executive network efficiency as compared to control siblings. The internal validity of the child ANT was confirmed for this population. Analysis of variance results showed significant main effects for flanker and cue types and no interaction effect in either 22q11 DS children or control siblings. Compared to control siblings, 22q11 DS children had significantly larger (less efficient) executive network scores, significantly increased errors on only incongruent trials, and a significant correlation between executive network scores and accuracy. The implications of these findings for future neurocognitive studies of 22q11 DS children are considered.
Christina Sobin, Karen Kiley-Brabeck, Sarah Daniels, Maude Blundell, Kwame Anyane-Yeboa, and Maria Karayiorgou. "Networks of attention in children with the 22q11 deletion syndrome" Devleopmental Neuropsychology 26.2 (2004): 611-626.
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