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Attention and white matter micro- and macro-structure in children exposed to common patterns of alcohol consumption during pregnancy

posted on 2023-03-17, 04:49 authored by PHILIPPA CATHERINE PYMAN

Attention deficits are common among children with heavy prenatal alcohol exposure, but little is known about the developmental consequences of lower and more common alcohol consumption patterns during pregnancy. This thesis identifies weak evidence that low-moderate alcohol exposure in utero affects attention and brain structure. Nevertheless, these results characterise low-moderate prenatal alcohol exposure as a risk factor for development. Ultimately, avoidance of this risk is preferable even when the potential for harm is small.


Principal supervisor

Peter Anderson

Additional supervisor 1

Renee Testa

Additional supervisor 2

Deanne Thompson

Year of Award


Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Additional Institution or Organisation

Murdoch Children's Research Institute

Campus location



Doctor of Philosophy

Degree Type



Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences