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ERIC Number: EJ1008504
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0033-2933
The Impact of Chronic Pesticide Exposure on Neuropsychological Functioning
Schultz, Caitlin G.; Ferraro, F. Richard
Psychological Record, v63 n1 p175-184 Win 2013
This study compared neuropsychological test performance of individuals (n = 18) with an occupational history of pesticide exposure to individuals (n = 35) with no such exposure history. Results showed that a history of pesticide-related occupation exposure led to deficits in only Digit Symbol performance. Additionally, the correlation between Mini-Mental Status Exam (MMSE) performance and age was negative and significant in individuals with pesticide-related occupation exposure (r = -0.45, p less than 0.04) but not in those without occupational exposure (r = 0.09, p greater than 0.61), suggesting that cognitive ability (as measured by the MMSE) declines faster in the occupational-exposed group as compared to their counterparts without such exposure. This decline was evident despite the fact that groups did not differ significantly in age. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory; Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale