Article

Pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials in infants: gender differences during early visual maturation

Citation

Malcolm C, McCulloch DL & Shepherd A (2002) Pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials in infants: gender differences during early visual maturation. Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology, 44 (5), pp. 345-351. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1469-8749.2002.tb00822.x

Abstract
This paper investigates gender differences in the peak latency and amplitude of the P1 component of the pattern-reversal visual evoked potential (pattern-reversal VEP) recorded in healthy term infants. Pattern-reversal VEPs in response to a series of high contrast black and white checks (check widths 120', 60', 30', 24', 12', 6') were recorded in 50 infants (20 males, 30 females) at 50 weeks post-conceptional age (PCA) and in 49 infants (22 males, 27 females) at 66 weeks PCA. Peak latency of the major component, P1, was considerably shorter in female compared with male infants. Differences in head circumference do not entirely account for the gender differences in peak latency reported here. A gender difference in P1 amplitude was not detected. These findings stress the importance of considering gender norms as well as age-matched norms when utilizing the pattern-reversal VEP in clinical investigations. Studies including a wider range of ages are clearly necessary in order to establish whether the earlier peak latencies in female infants represents a difference in the onset or rate of visual maturation.

Journal
Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology: Volume 44, Issue 5

StatusPublished
Publication date31/05/2002
Publication date online13/02/2007
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/12908
PublisherWiley-Blackwell for Mac Keith Press
ISSN0012-1622