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Hypnotizability, Cognitive Processing and Electrocortical Activity in PTSD

Cardena, E (USUHS, missing, missing)

Contact Person: Etzel Cardena (ecardena@usuhs.mil)


Previous studies have suggested that individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) show electrocortical and cognitive abnormalities when processing trauma-related stimuli, are highly responsive to hypnotic suggestions, and experience frequent dissociative phenomena. These studies, however, have only evaluated one or two variables at a time. I will seek to integrate these apparently separate findings and report on a study with Gulf War veterans previously diagnosed as suffering from PTSD. Their visual ERP (visual event-related potentials), heart rate and reaction times to neutral and trauma-related words, measured hypnotizability, and self-reports of state and chronic dissociation, will be compared with those of a similar group of veterans without PTSD.

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Cardena, E; (1998). Hypnotizability, Cognitive Processing and Electrocortical Activity in PTSD. Presented at INABIS '98 - 5th Internet World Congress on Biomedical Sciences at McMaster University, Canada, Dec 7-16th. Invited Symposium. Available at URL http://www.mcmaster.ca/inabis98/woody/cardena0862/index.html
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