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Project Title

COVID-19 & Executive Functions

Presenter Hometown

Canon City, Colorado

Major

Psychology: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree

Undergraduate

Mentor

Adam Lawson

Mentor Department

Psychology

Abstract

“COVID brain,” a term coined by those who survived COVID-19 and still feel the lasting effects, ultimately raises the question of what COVID-19 is doing to the brain, specifically the executive functions. There have been little to no studies done to examine the relationship between post-COVID-19 and the brain. The current study examines whether COVID-19 leaves a long-lasting effect on processing speed, even after the person has recovered from the virus. In the laboratory setting, participants are expected to take the Stroop test to measure their executive functions, specifically their processing speed while being hooked up to an EEG. The anticipated findings will be that participants who have had COVID-19 will have a slower processing speed compared to the participants who did not have COVID-19. The examination of the association between COVID-19 and processing speed could imply that COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disease, but also targets executive brain function. Further research could imply that post-COVID cases should be evaluated further by neuropsychologists and neurologists

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COVID-19 & Executive Functions

“COVID brain,” a term coined by those who survived COVID-19 and still feel the lasting effects, ultimately raises the question of what COVID-19 is doing to the brain, specifically the executive functions. There have been little to no studies done to examine the relationship between post-COVID-19 and the brain. The current study examines whether COVID-19 leaves a long-lasting effect on processing speed, even after the person has recovered from the virus. In the laboratory setting, participants are expected to take the Stroop test to measure their executive functions, specifically their processing speed while being hooked up to an EEG. The anticipated findings will be that participants who have had COVID-19 will have a slower processing speed compared to the participants who did not have COVID-19. The examination of the association between COVID-19 and processing speed could imply that COVID-19 is not just a respiratory disease, but also targets executive brain function. Further research could imply that post-COVID cases should be evaluated further by neuropsychologists and neurologists