Focused attention, heart rate deceleration, and cognitive development in preterm and full-term infants.

@article{Thomas2012FocusedAH,
  title={Focused attention, heart rate deceleration, and cognitive development in preterm and full-term infants.},
  author={Julianne H Petrie Thomas and Michael F. Whitfield and Tim F Oberlander and Anne R Synnes and Ruth E. Grunau},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={2012},
  volume={54 4},
  pages={383-400}
}
The majority of children who are born very preterm escape major impairment, yet more subtle cognitive and attention problems are very common in this population. Previous research has linked infant focused attention during exploratory play to later cognition in children born full-term and preterm. Infant focused attention can be indexed by sustained decreases in heart rate (HR). However there are no preterm studies that have jointly examined infant behavioral attention and concurrent HR response… CONTINUE READING