The Abbreviated Vigilance Task and Cerebral Hemodynamics

Helton, D., Hollander, T., Warm, J.S., Tripp, L.D., Parsons, K., Matthews, G., Dember, W.N., Parasuraman, R., & Hancock, P.A. (2007). The abbreviated vigilance task and cerebral hemodynamics. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 29(5), 545-552.

Transcranial Doppler sonography (TCD) and transcranial cerebral oximetry (TCCO) measures of cerebral blood flow velocity and oxygenation levels were collected during an abbreviated 12-min vigilance task. Both the TCD and TCCO measures showed higher levels of cerebral vascular activity in the right than in the left cerebral hemisphere; the cerebral laerality of vigilance occurs in an abbreviated task. Although there was a significant decline in performance over time, there was no significant change in the physiological measures over time during the abbreviated vigil. This latter finding does not match the physiological changes detected in long-duration vigils.

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