A new study examining cognitive functioning in PTSD

A group of our BRAINnet members from Stanford University are currently looking at cognitive functioning in patients with Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) using BRAINnet data. This study examines 1) If specific deficits exist in cognitive capacities (executive functions, decision speed, response speed, etc); 2) The relationships between deficits in cognitive tasks with each other to test, for example, whether previously observed deficits in inhibition map onto deficits in broader aspects of executive functioning and simpler constructs such as working memory, or are distinct areas of weakness in PTSD; 3) The relationships between distinct subtypes of PTSD symptoms from large confirmatory factor analytic studies (i.e re-experiencing, hyperarousal, dysphoria and active avoidance) and cognitive processing.