Cognitive functions in adults with cerebral palsy: A review and future directions

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Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a non-progressive disorder of movement that occurs in the developing fetal or infant brain. This is often accompanied by disturbances of e.g. sensation, perception and cognition. Research has traditionally focused on the movement aspect of CP, but there is a growing interest in investigating cognitive functions. Although CP is considered a pediatric disorder, most people with CP are adults. It is well-established that cognitive functions develop and mature into adulthood, but there is little knowledge on cognitive functions in adults with CP. Objectives: To conduct a systematic review of the literature on cognitive functions in adults with cerebral palsy. Methods: We searched the Psycinfo and PubMed for literature on neuropsychological assessment and cognitive functions in adults with CP. Results: The literature search revealed a very limited amount of literature on cognitive functions in adults with CP. In general, most studies suffer from methodological limitations related to test selection, use of norms, and reporting of results. Some studies include both adults and children, but do not differentiate between the age groups in the results section. Conclusion: There is a very limited amount of knowledge on cognitive profiles of adults with CP. Ideas for future directions in research will be presented. Keywords: Cerebral palsy, cognition, adults
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2021
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event14th Nordic Meeting in Neuropsychology: From cradle to cognitive reserve - Scandic Falconer, Frederiksberg, Denmark
Duration: 25 Aug 202127 Aug 2021


Conference14th Nordic Meeting in Neuropsychology
LocationScandic Falconer

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