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Are Sleep Spindles Associated with Neurocognitive Deficits in Children with Sleep Disordered Breathing?

A particular phenomenon of the electroencephalography (EEG) wave form is the sleep spindle, believed to function as mechanism through which long-term changes are made in the neocortex and as a mechanism for maintaining sleep. Sleep spindles have also been associated with different aspects of cognitive performance in healthy children. Sleep disordered breathing (SDB), is a very common condition in children, and has been associated with neurocognitive deficits. To date, it is not known whether the poor neurocognition in children with SDB is related to a loss of sleep spindles. This study will investigate sleep spindles in children with SDB and determine if there is an association between sleep spindle numbers and neurocognitive deficits. The student will be involved in conducting sleep studies (polysomnography) and analysis of electroencephalography data.
Essential criteria: 
Minimum entry requirements can be found here:
children, sleep
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health / Hudson Institute of Medical Research » Paediatrics
Available options 
Masters by research
Time commitment 
Top-up scholarship funding available 
Physical location 
Monash Medical Centre Clayton

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