Attention and Motor Learning in Adult Patients with Neurofibromatosis Type 1

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Objective: Neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) is an autosomal dominant genetic disorder that is associated with cognitive disabilities, including attention and motor learning problems. These disabilities have been extensively studied in children with NF1 but limited studies have been performed in adults. Method: Attention, motor learning and intellectual performance were studied with neuropsychological tasks in 32 adults with NF1 and 32 controls. Results: The NF1 and control group performed similarly on attention and motor learning tasks, although controls had shorter reaction times than adults with NF1 during the motor learning task (t[60] = −2.20, p =.03). Measures of attention or motor learning were not significantly associated with reduced intellectual performance in NF1. Conclusion: In contrast to many studies in children with NF1, our findings did not provide evidence for presence of attention or motor learning problems in adults with NF1 in neuropsychological tasks. Our observations may be of clinical importance to determine treatment focus in adults with NF1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)563-572
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Attention Disorders
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2022


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