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Europa Medicophysica 2001 December;37(4):241-4

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language: English

The assessment of TBI subject’s information processing capacity using the pasat. A control matched study

Allegri N., Tanzi A., Cattelani R.

From the Neurospychology Unit Neurology Department University of Parma, Parma, Italy


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Background. The cog­ni­tive mod­el of driv­ing pre­sent­ed by Michon is ­reviewed. The ­role of ­the Paced Auditory Serial Addition Test (­PASAT) to pro­vide an esti­mate of ­the ­amount of infor­ma­tion ­that ­can be han­dled at ­one ­time is dis­cussed. The ­aim of ­the ­present ­study is to con­trib­ute to ­assess ­speed of pro­cess­ing ­and sus­tained ­and divid­ed atten­tion ­after a ­severe ­TBI suf­fered by ­young ­adult ­pre-inju­ry ­active driv­ers, ­with ­good ­long-­term recov­ery of phys­i­cal func­tion­ing ­and gen­er­al intel­lec­tu­al capac­ity.
Methods. A ­group of ­TBI ­patients ­and a con­trol ­group ­are exam­ined. The ­TBI ­group is divid­ed in ­two ­sub-­groups: actu­al driv­ers ­and ­non driv­ers.
Results. The ­TBI ­subjects’ per­for­manc­es at ­the PASAT proved ­non-sta­tis­ti­cal­ly dif­fer­ent ­from ­those ­obtained by ­matched con­trols, nei­ther ­did we ­detect sta­tis­ti­cal­ly sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­enc­es ­between driv­er ­and ­non-driv­er ­TBI sub­jects.
Conclusions. These ­results ­are dis­cussed.

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