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Effect of sleep state on the flash visual evoked potential. A case study.

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Shepherd, A, Saunders, Kathryn and McCulloch, D (1999) Effect of sleep state on the flash visual evoked potential. A case study. Documenta ophthalmologica. Advances in ophthalmology, 98 (3). pp. 247-56. [Journal article]

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Controversy exists regarding the influence of sleep state on the flash visual evoked potential. This study recorded the visual evoked potential in a new-born infant in four different sleep states; wakefulness. drowsiness, active sleep and quiet sleep over a five hour period. The infant's heart rate, breathing rate and breathing regularity were also recorded. It was clear that when this subject was awake the VEPs recorded differed substantially from those recorded when sleeping. Two of the four main components had shorter peak latencies, one component was prolonged and one of the peak to trough amplitudes was consistently smaller when alert. This study highlights an important and often overlooked aspect of developmental research that the state of the infant may affect developmental measures.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Vision
ID Code:1062
Deposited By:Professor Kathryn Saunders
Deposited On:25 Nov 2009 16:46
Last Modified:18 Jan 2010 15:23

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