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ERIC Number: EJ917084
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Task Dependent Prefrontal Dysfunction in Persons with Asperger's Disorder Investigated with Multi-Channel Near-Infrared Spectroscopy
Iwanami, Akira; Okajima, Yuka; Ota, Haruhisa; Tani, Masayuki; Yamada, Takashi; Hashimoro, Ryuichiro; Kanai, Chieko; Watanabe, Hiromi; Yamasue, Hidenori; Kawakubo, Yuki; Kato, Nobumasa
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v5 n3 p1187-1193 Jul-Sep 2011
Dysfunction of the prefrontal cortex has been previously reported in individuals with Asperger's disorder. In the present study, we used multi-channel near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) to detect changes in the oxygenated hemoglobin concentration ([oxy-Hb]) during two verbal fluency tasks. The subjects were 20 individuals with Asperger's disorder and 18 age- and IQ-matched healthy controls. The relative [oxy-Hb] in the prefrontal cortex was measured during the category and letter fluency tasks. The mean total [oxy-Hb] during the category fluency task did not differ significantly between the groups; however, during the letter fluency task, the mean [oxy-Hb] in persons with Asperger's disorder was significantly lower than that in controls. These results suggested task-relevant or task-specific prefrontal dysfunction in persons with Asperger's disorder. (Contains 1 table and 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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