The researchers hypothesized that “risk for age-related impairment in attention would be greater among those with [a] remote history of mild TBI than individuals without [a] history of head injury.” The researchers looked at 27 patients with a history of TBI and 54 controls. The researchers used the Bethesda Eye and Attention Measure v.34 and a standardized neuropsychological exam. The researchers found that “age was more strongly related to saccadic measures of visual attention in adults with a history of remote mild TBI than in a well-matched sample of uninjured controls.” However, the researchers did not find many results outside of their measures that looked at eye movement “no age-related performance differences were demonstrated between the mild TBI and control groups on measures of global cognitive ability, self-reported neurobehavioral symptoms, or manual measures of visual attention.”


The researchers did note that they wish they had a larger sample size. Yet these results still show promise much like many other studies which attempt to guide the body of knowledge on what to look for because some small efforts showed promise. Additionally, this research is specifically important because it was the first one of the researcher knowledge to “test combined effects of age and mild TBI on visual attention.” Moreover, the researchers noted, “This preliminary research suggests that age-related impairment in visual attention may be exacerbated in individuals with a history of mild TBI, even in young and middle-age[d].”

You can find the research article here.

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