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Enhancement of Cognitive Processing by Multiple Sclerosis Patients Using Liquid Cooling Technology: A Case Study
Author and Affiliation:
Montgomery, Leslie D.(Lockheed Martin Engineering and Sciences Co., Moffett Field, CA United States)
Montgomery, Richard W.(Management Analytics, Inc., Corvallis, OR United States)
Ku, Yu-Tsuan(Lockheed Martin Engineering and Sciences Co., Moffett Field, CA United States)
Luna, Bernadette [Technical Monitor]
Abstract: Cognitive dysfunction is a common symptom in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). This can have a significant impact on the quality of life of both the patient and of their primary care giver. This case study explores the possibility that liquid cooling therapy may be used to enhance the cognitive processing of MS patients in the same way that it provides temporary relief of some physical impairment. Two MS patients were presented a series of pattern discrimination tasks before and after being cooled with a liquid cooling garment for a one hour period. The subject whose ear temperature was reduced during cooling showed greater electroencephalographic (EEG) activity and scored much better on the task after cooling. The patient whose ear temperature was unaffected by cooling showed less EEG activity and degraded performance after the one hour cooling period.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1997
Document ID:
20020048263
(Acquired Jun 14, 2002)
Subject Category: AEROSPACE MEDICINE
Document Type: Preprint
Contract/Grant/Task Num: RTOP 199-61-00
Financial Sponsor: NASA Ames Research Center; Moffett Field, CA United States
Organization Source: Lockheed Martin Engineering and Sciences Co.; Moffett Field, CA United States
Description: 1p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: THERAPY; COGNITION; MENTAL PERFORMANCE; DISEASES; COOLING; SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS; ELECTROENCEPHALOGRAPHY; PATIENTS
Availability Source: Other Sources
Availability Notes: Abstract Only
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