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Effects of Treatment on Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Development in Adolescent Brain Tumor Survivors

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dc.contributor.advisor Saylor, Megan
dc.contributor.author Wymer, Kevin M.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-04-01T22:35:17Z
dc.date.available 2012-04-01T22:35:17Z
dc.date.issued 2012-03-28
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1803/5058
dc.description This paper serves as a thesis for partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences. It was completed as part of the PSY 296B Honors Thesis, with Dr. Megan Saylor. en_US
dc.description.abstract Research on the cognitive and psychosocial effects of treatment for childhood brain tumors has consistently found deficits in these areas. However, the connections between these deficits, as well as their biological basis, are largely unidentified. This study used cognitive tests, parent questionnaires, and functional neuroimaging to further examine possible deficits in these areas of functioning. Brain tumor survivors had increased levels of neurocognitive and psychosocial problems, as well as decreased brain activation during working memory tasks as compared with healthy controls. Additionally, brain activation and social problems were found to be the best predictors of internalizing problems. These results further clarify the deficits observed in brain tumor survivors and support the hypothesis that brain tumor treatment is associated with inhibited brain activation. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.subject Functional Neuroimaging en_US
dc.subject Brain Tumor en_US
dc.subject Executive Function en_US
dc.subject Psychosocial Functioning en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Adjustment (Psychology) en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cancer in children -- Treatment -- Complications en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Brain -- Cancer -- Treatment -- Complications en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Cognition disorders in adolescence en_US
dc.title Effects of Treatment on Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Development in Adolescent Brain Tumor Survivors en_US
dc.title.alternative Effect of treatment on development en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college Arts and Sciences en_US
dc.description.school Vanderbilt University en_US
dc.description.department Psychology en_US


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