Hippocampal and amygdala implication on neuropsychologic function in postraumatic stress disorder | Implicación del hipocampo y la amígdala en el rendimiento neuropsicológico de pacientes con trastorno por estrés postraumático

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Author list: Jurado Barba R
Publisher: Fundación MAPFRE Medicina
Publication year: 2007
Journal: Mapfre Medicina (1130-5665)
Volume number: 18
Issue number: SUPPL. 1
Start page: 92
End page: 101
Number of pages: 10
ISSN: 1130-5665
Languages: English-Great Britain (EN-GB), Spanish-Spain (ES-ES)


Introduction: The findings from different studies on neuropsychological
performance in anxiety disorders have identified a cognitive deficit
pattern comprising disorders of attention, executive function and
learning and memory processes. Objectives: To analyze the learning and
memory processes in the posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Method:
Thirty patients with PTSD and 26 controls were evaluated. The Learning
Verbal Test España-Complutense (TAVEC), the subtests of letters and
numbers (L&N) and digits (D) of WAIS-III and the Rey Complex Figure
test were applied for the neuropsychological assessment; Results:
Patients with PTSD shown a less wide learning curve, lower consolidation
of information, with lower levels of free recall and discrimination
percentages; they benefited less from the semantic keys and tended to
retroactive interference. They also shown a lower score in working
memory, statistically different from the other group. In visual memory,
the performance was similar in both groups. Conclusions: Subjects with
PTSD show disorders in the process of consolidation and recovery of
information, involving the working memory, while short-term visual
memory performance is normal.


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