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

dc.contributor.advisorSaylor, Megan
dc.contributor.authorWymer, Kevin M.
dc.date.accessioned2012-04-01T22:35:17Z
dc.date.available2012-04-01T22:35:17Z
dc.date.issued2012-03-28
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1803/5058
dc.descriptionThis 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.abstractResearch 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.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciencesen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectFunctional Neuroimagingen_US
dc.subjectBrain Tumoren_US
dc.subjectExecutive Functionen_US
dc.subjectPsychosocial Functioningen_US
dc.subject.lcshAdjustment (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshCancer in children -- Treatment -- Complicationsen_US
dc.subject.lcshBrain -- Cancer -- Treatment -- Complicationsen_US
dc.subject.lcshCognition disorders in adolescenceen_US
dc.titleEffects of Treatment on Neurocognitive and Psychosocial Development in Adolescent Brain Tumor Survivorsen_US
dc.title.alternativeEffect of treatment on developmenten_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.description.collegeArts and Sciencesen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentPsychologyen_US


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