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Nejati V. Comparing Cognitive Performance of Blinds and Matched Sighted. Horizon Med Sci. 2010; 16 (2) :12-17
URL: http://hms.gmu.ac.ir/article-1-895-en.html
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  Background and Aim: Different daily activities need different sensory information and cognitive processing. The aim of this study is to compare the cognitive performance in daily life of the blind veterans with normal sighted matched persons.

  Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional comparative study, we compared 92 blind veterans and 113 matched sighted persons regarding age, gender and education using Brock Adaptive Functioning Questioner (BAFQ). Mann –Whitney U Test was used to compare the two groups.

  Results: The results showed a significant difference between planning, arousal level and empathy scales. Results did not show a significant difference between the two groups in initiation, flexibility, caution, attention, memory, emotionality, impulsivity, aggressiveness and sociality.

  Conclusion: The blind have better performance in arousal level and planning that is related to lack of peripheral flanker stimulus. Also, the blind have better empathy skills than the sighted because of their dependence upon others.

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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Basic Medical Science
Received: 2010/10/10 | Published: 2010/10/15

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