The presence of executive deficits in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

McMaster, Mitchell & Smith, Simon (2015) The presence of executive deficits in patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. In 5th International Neuropsychological Society/Australian Society for Study of Brain Impairment, Pacific Rim Conference, 1 - 4 July 2015, Sydney, N.S.W. (Unpublished)


Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a chronic condition in which the upper airways collapse repeatedly during sleep, completely or partially obstructing breathing.

This obstruction leads to chronic intermittent hypoxia and severe sleep fragmentation, disrupting the restorative functions of sleep.

Beebe and Gozal (2002)a developed a theory which hypothesises that disruption of the restorative functions of sleep lead to a chronic low level brain damage most evident in executive functions (EF).

Neuropsychological testing of EF, volumetric MRI, magnetic resonance spectroscopy, event related potentials and CSF biomarkers all provide support for this theory.

Little research has been done to explore the nature of the subjective complaint and it’s impact on the activities of daily living.

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ID Code: 86051
Item Type: Conference Item (Poster)
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology Psychopharmacology Physiological Psychology) (170101)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 The Author(s)
Deposited On: 12 Aug 2015 23:46
Last Modified: 12 Aug 2015 23:46

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