SVIBOR - Project code: 3-01-523

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Project code: 3-01-523


NEUROPSYCHOPHYSIOLOGY OF POSTTRAUMATIC STRESS DISORDER


Main researcher: PAVIĆEVIĆ, LUKRECIJA (82905)



Assistants
Type of research: applied
Duration from: 11/01/93. to 12/31/96.

Papers on project (total): 15
Institution name: Institut za medicinska istraživanja i medicinu rada, Zagreb (22)
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Phone: 385 (0)41 223 884
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Summary: The results of neurophysiological and psychological examinations of prisoners of war will be compared to the results obtained in subjects in comparative groups in order to determine possible damage to the brain and brain functions, occurring as a consequence of maltreatment during captivity. The dynamics and extent of recovery of the changes found, the occurrence of PTSD and other mental disorders and neurological complications will be estimated by longitudinal follow-up of neurophysiological parameters, test of cognitive functions and characteristic traits. An attempt will be made to determine the conditions which potentiate the occurrence of PTSD, other mental disorders and neurological complications and optimal measures by which such complications can be avoided, their intensity alleviated or duration reduced. A possible correlation between cognitive deficits and existing mental disorders will be investigated.

Keywords: Prisoners of war, Psychophysiology, Electroencephalography, Neuropsychology, Cerebral cartography, Evoked potentials.

Research goals: To investigate the possible effects of psychophysical maltreatment of the brain and cogitive functions, using neurophysiologic and psychologic methods. To determine the dynamics and extent of remission of defects and the possible occurrence of posttraumatic complications, by means of a longitudinal follow-up study of neurophysiological parameters. To determine the prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) immediately after release. Follow up the occurrence of other forms of psychic disorders. To assess the prognostic validity and the degree of correlation between the analyzed neurophysiologic parameters, cognitive deficits, PTSD and other psychic disorders. The results of this study can offer important new uderstanding about temporary and permanent damage to the brain and its functions.


COOPERATION - INSTITUTIONS


  1. Name of institution: ODJEL ZA STRATEGIJU OBRANE RH, MINISTARSTVO OBRANE REPUBLIKE HRVATSKE
    Type of institution: University/Faculty

  2. Name of institution: Brain Research Institute UCLA
    Type of institution: University/Faculty
    Type of cooperation: Other
    City: Los Angeles, California, USA

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