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Verbal memory function in the presence of cerebral dysfunction and psychological disturbance


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Radić, Jana. (2017). Verbal memory function in the presence of cerebral dysfunction and psychological disturbance. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Jurin, Tanja].

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Interplay between cognitive deficits and psychological disturbances have been well known as an impeding factor in diagnostics of brain dysfunction and psychiatric disorders. The aim of this research was to analyze differences in verbal memory (measured by Auditory Verbal Learning Test and Logical memory subtest from Wechsler-Bellevue Adult Intelligence Scale-Form II (WBsp-II)) in people with (and without) psychological disturbances and brain dysfunction. Participants (N=159) were patients of Neuropsychology Department of The Clinic of Neurosurgery at the KBC Zagreb. The presence of brain dysfunction is determined based on extensive neurological and neuropsychological analysis. The presence of psychological disturbances is based on scales of MMPI-201 (Hs, D, Hy, Pt) and Cornell Indeks (A, D, Hy, ∑). Based on the presence of brain dysfunction and psychological disturbance, the sample is divided in four groups. ANOVA shows that cerebral dysfunction group does not have significantly different scores on any of the auditive-verbal memory indicators compared to subjects without cerebral pathology. Group with psychological disturbances had significantly lower scores than group without psychological disturbances only for the first learning trial, while no significant difference between these groups was observed on other indicators. For the Logical memory test, no significant difference on story recall performance related to presence of cerebral dysfunction was found. Patients with psychological disturbances showed poorer performance than subjects without psychological disturbances. Results suggest that relation between psychological disturbance and immediate recall of list learning and story is independent of cerebral pathology presence.The obtained results question applicability of these tests in diagnostics of brain dysfunctions.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: AVLT, Logical Memory Subtest (WBsp-II), brain dysfunction, psychological disturbance
Subjects: Psychology > Zdravstvena psihologija
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Jurin, Tanja
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2017 08:17
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2017 08:17

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