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Slower time estimation in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder


Vicario, CM and Felmingham, KL, Slower time estimation in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Scientific Reports, 8, (1) Article 392. ISSN 2045-2322 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/s41598-017-18907-5


Cognitive defcits in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and dissociative symptoms suggest there may be an underlying and persistent problem with temporal processing in PTSD, but this question has not been systematically examined. We investigated the ability of a group of PTSD participants in estimating the duration of supra-second visual stimuli relative to healthy controls. The data of 59 participants with PTSD and 62 healthy controls, collected from the BRID database, have been examined. Overall, our results indicate that PTSD patients overestimate the duration of the displayed stimuli. Moreover, we found that PTSD are more variable in the time estimation compared to the control group. Finally, we found evidence that working memory and attention impairments were associated with time overestimation in PTSD. The fnding of time overestimation in PTSD accords with previous reports of time overestimation during stressful experiences associated with fear and arousal, but extends fndings to suggest it remains in chronic PTSD populations processing non-emotional stimuli. The evidence of time overestimation in PTSD suggests the potential relevance of this factor as a cognitive marker in assessing the neuropsychological profle of this clinical population.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:PTSD, time processing, working memory, attention
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Neurosciences
Research Field:Neurosciences not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in psychology
UTAS Author:Vicario, CM (Dr Carmelo Vicario)
ID Code:126452
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:13
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2018-06-13
Last Modified:2019-04-15
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