Citicoline may improve teens’ motor speed, attention

August 8, 2014

A study presented at the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology conference shows that taking citicoline may increase motor speed and attention in male teens.

The randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled human clinical trial involved 75 adolescent males over a 28-day period. The participants completed a screening visit including a medical exam and clinical measures. They were then randomly assigned to a 250 mg or 500 mg Cognizin citicoline treatment group or placebo group.

To test the group, researchers conducted the “Finger Tap Test,” a motor function assessment during which participants are required to press a lever attached to a mechanical counter as many times as possible during discrete time periods. Additionally, the “Ruff 2 & 7 Selective Attention Test” was also administered, which tests a timed cancellation task in which participants cross out 2’s and 7’s embedded in blocks of distractor numbers or letters.

The researchers found that the individuals who were administered citicoline scored higher in both tests after the 28-day period.

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