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Neuropsychologische Befunde bei Narkolepsie


Rieger,  Martina
Department Psychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Rieger, M. (2006). Neuropsychologische Befunde bei Narkolepsie. Zeitschrift für Neuropsychologie, 17(3), 181-189. doi:10.1024/1016-264X.17.3.181.

Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0010-CC86-3
Attention and memory problems are presumably responsible for a variety of everyday life problems in patients with narcolepsy. Nevertheless, relatively little systematic neuropsychological studies have been conducted in this patient group. From a neuropsychological viewpoint several functionally segregated networks (e.g., orientation, alertness/vigilance, executive attention) are responsible for the different functions of attention. Deficits of vigilance have often been reported in patients with narcolepsy. It seems that patients with narcolepsy also show a deficit in the executive attention network. Results concerning memory deficits are contradictory. Further cognitive functions are rarely investigated. However, there does not seem to be a deficit in patients with narcolepsy. Neuropsychological knowledge about narcolepsy is limited at present. However, it presents a basis for theoretical considerations, further research and application to practical work.