Psychological and Brain Sciences
Objective: To determine whether minimal snoring is benign in children. Procedure: 22 rarely snoring children (mean age = 6.9 years, 11 females) and age- and sex-matched controls participated in an auditory oddball task wearing 128-electrode nets. Parents completed the Conners Parent Rating Scales–Revised Long (CPRS–R:L). Results: Snorers scored significantly higher on four CPRS-R:L subscales. Stepwise regression indicated that two ERP variables from a region of the ERP that peaked at 844 msec post-stimulus onset predicted CPRS-R:L Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Index scores. Conclusions: Occasional snorers, according to parental report, do exhibit ADHD-like behaviors. Basic sensory processing is longer than in controls, suggesting that delayed frontal activation requires more effort in snorers.
Original Publication Information
Maria E. Barnes, Elizabeth A. Huss, Krista N. Garrod, Eric Van Raay, Ehab Dayyat, David Gozal & Dennis L. Molfese (2009) "Impairments in Attention in Occasionally Snoring Children: An Event-Related Potential Study." Developmental Neuropsychology, 34:5, 629-649. doi:10.1080/87565640903133632.
Barnes, Maria E.; Huss, Elizabeth A.; Garrod, Krista N.; Van Ray, Eric; Dayyat, Ehab; Gozal, David; and Molfese, Dennis L., "Impairments in attention in occasionally snoring children: An event-related potential study." (2009). Faculty Scholarship. 804.