Diffusion tensor imaging of incentive effects in prospective memory after pediatric traumatic brain injury

J Neurotrauma. 2011 Apr;28(4):503-16. doi: 10.1089/neu.2010.1555. Epub 2011 Mar 7.


Few studies exist investigating the brain-behavior relations of event-based prospective memory (EB-PM) impairments following traumatic brain injury (TBI). To address this, children with moderate-to-severe TBI performed an EB-PM test with two motivational enhancement conditions and underwent concurrent diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) at 3 months post-injury. Children with orthopedic injuries (OI; n=37) or moderate-to-severe TBI (n=40) were contrasted. Significant group differences were found for fractional anisotropy (FA) and apparent diffusion coefficient for orbitofrontal white matter (WM), cingulum bundles, and uncinate fasciculi. The FA of these WM structures in children with TBI significantly correlated with EB-PM performance in the high, but not the low motivation condition. Regression analyses within the TBI group indicated that the FA of the left cingulum bundle (p=0.003), left orbitofrontal WM (p<0.02), and left (p<0.02) and right (p<0.008) uncinate fasciculi significantly predicted EB-PM performance in the high motivation condition. We infer that the cingulum bundles, orbitofrontal WM, and uncinate fasciculi are important WM structures mediating motivation-based EB-PM responses following moderate-to-severe TBI in children.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Brain Injuries / physiopathology*
  • Brain Injuries / psychology
  • Brain Mapping
  • Child
  • Diffusion Tensor Imaging
  • Humans
  • Image Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Injury Severity Score
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Memory / physiology*
  • Motivation*
  • Nerve Fibers, Myelinated*
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Regression Analysis