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Visuo-perceptual task performance across the menstrual cycle in women with and without premenstrual symptoms: potential influences of estradiol and estradiol sensitivity on retinogeniculostriate, extrastriate, and elementary retinal-based smooth pursuit pathways

dc.contributor.advisorWesner, Michael
dc.contributor.advisorOinonen, Kirsten A.
dc.contributor.authorRichards, Meghan A.
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-10T19:08:06Z
dc.date.available2012-11-10T19:08:06Z
dc.date.created2011-11
dc.date.issued2012-11-10
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca/handle/2453/151
dc.description.abstractThe present study examined whether women with premenstrual symptoms (PMS) exhibit a different pattern of performance on psychophysical tasks across the menstrual cycle in comparison to control women. Research has shown that a related and more extreme presentation of this phenomenon, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD) may be experienced as the result of a heightened sensitivity to normal phasic changes in sex steroid concentrations. In addition, research suggests that performance on certain measures of visuo-perceptual ability is associated with changing levels of estradiol. Thus, women who are more sensitive to changing hormonal levels (e.g., women with PMS) may exhibit different performance on such tasks when compared to controls; and as a function of the menstrual cycle. Control women (N= 18) and women with PMS symptoms (N= 16) performed a series of four psychophysical tasks during laboratory sessions at both the late-follicular (LF) and late-luteal (LL) phases of the menstrual cycle.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectPremenstrual symptoms (PMS)en_US
dc.subjectPremenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)............en_US
dc.subjectMenstrual cycleen_US
dc.subjectEstrogen & mooden_US
dc.subjectEstradiolen_US
dc.subjectVisual functioningen_US
dc.titleVisuo-perceptual task performance across the menstrual cycle in women with and without premenstrual symptoms: potential influences of estradiol and estradiol sensitivity on retinogeniculostriate, extrastriate, and elementary retinal-based smooth pursuit pathwaysen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
etd.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophyen_US
etd.degree.levelDoctoralen_US
etd.degree.disciplinePsychology : Clinicalen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US


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