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Effect of Cold Exposure on Memory and Attention

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dc.contributor.advisor Ujcich Ward, Kimberly Webb, Alexis Nicoletta 2017-10-04T20:17:45Z 2017-10-04T20:17:45Z 2017-08-01
dc.description.abstract Research suggests a potential negative effect of cold exposure on cognitive abilities. The current study examined the impact of cold exposure due to environmental conditions (room temperature) on memory and attention. Using a within-subjects design, thirty participants were administered neuropsychological assessments, a state-anxiety measure, an objective body temperature measure, and two subjective perception ratings across two conditions: neutral and cold rooms. Results indicated significantly poorer performance in the colder condition on the memory recognition and commission errors on a test of sustained attention. This commission error score also was significantly correlated with the subjective measures of cold perception in the colder condition. Additional investigation is needed to further assess the potential relationship between cold temperatures and various types of memory and attention.
dc.publisher Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject Antarctic
dc.subject Attention
dc.subject Cognitive
dc.subject Cold
dc.subject Memory
dc.subject Temperture
dc.title Effect of Cold Exposure on Memory and Attention
dc.type Thesis
dc.contributor.committeemember Foster, Paul
dc.thesis.degreelevel Masters
dc.thesis.degreegrantor Middle Tennessee State University
dc.subject.umi Clinical psychology M.A.
dc.contributor.department Psychology en_US

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