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Maturation of visual evoked potentials across adolescence

Published:November 21, 2011DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.braindev.2011.10.009

      Abstract

      Adolescence represents the period of transition from childhood to adulthood and is characterized by significant changes in brain structure and function. We studied changes in the functional visual processing in the brain across adolescence. Visual evoked potentials (VEPs) to three types of pattern reversal checkerboard stimuli were measured in 90 adolescents (10–18 years) and 10 adults. Across adolescence, the N75 and P100 VEP peaks decreased in size while the N135 peak increased slightly in size. The latency of VEP peaks showed no reliable change across adolescence. The results suggest that even very basic visual sensory function continues to develop throughout adolescence. The results indicate significant changes in visual parvocellular and magnocellular pathways across adolescence.

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