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Keywords:

  • Thyroid hormone;
  • attention;
  • attention deficit disorder;
  • congenital hypothyroidism;
  • resistance to thyroid hormone

The relationship between attention and thyroid hormone was examined using a retrospective database of 85 7-year-old children with congenital hypothyroidism who received psychological evaluations and thyroid function tests on the same day. Four unique subgroups with different levels of thyroxine and thyrotropin were compared on psychological tasks and measures of attention. Children with high levels of both hormones were found to be significantly more distractible on an index of cognitive attention but were reportedly less hyperactive. Level of thyroxine accounted for over 10% of the variance in attention.