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Attention Improves After Clinical Improvement in Acutely Depressed Adolescents
Yuval Bloch, M.D.; Shai Aviram, B.A.; Yoram Braw, Ph.D.; Hila Z. Gvirts, Ph.D; Liron Rabany, Ph.D.; Garry Walter, M.D., Ph.D.
The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences 2014;:. doi:10.1176/appi.neuropsych.13120372
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From the Child and Adolescent Outpatient Clinic (Y Bloch, SA, Y Braw, HZG) and Emotion-Cognition Research Center (Y Bloch), Shalvata Mental Health Center, Hod-Hasharon, Israel; Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel (Y Bloch); and Discipline of Psychiatry, University of Sydney and Northern Sydney Central Coast Local Health District, Sydney, Australia (GW).

Send correspondence to: Yuval Bloch, M.D.; e-mail: yuvalbl@clalit.org.il

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

Received December 14, 2013; Accepted January 27, 2014.


In recently depressed adolescents, attention and emotional reactivity improved significantly compared with baseline. Working memory did not improve. This supports the position that, in adolescent depression, attention is state dependent compared with other executive functions that are trait dependent.

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TABLE 1.Group × Time Interaction of Cognitive and Emotional Measures
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MOT: Motor Task; MTS: Match to Sample Visual Search; PAL: Paired Associates Learning; RVP: Rapid Visual Processing; SOC: Stockings of Cambridge; SSP: Spatial Span; SWM: Spatial Working Memory.

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a Significant at the 0.05 level (two tailed).

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b Significant at the 0.01 level (two tailed).



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