Disruptions in executive functioning and dissociation in undergraduate students.

T. Giesbrecht, H. Merckelbach, E. Geraerts, E. Smeets

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Abstract

The concept of dissociation refers to disruptions in attentional control. Attentional control is an executive function. Few studies have addressed the link between dissociation and executive functioning. Our study investigated this relationship in a sample of undergraduate students (N = 185) who completed the Dissociative Experiences Scale and the Random Number Generation Task. We found that minor disruptions in executive functioning were related to a subclass of dissociative experiences, notably dissociative amnesia and the Dissociative Experiences Scale Taxon. However, the two other subscales of the Dissociative Experiences Scale, measuring depersonalization and absorption, were unrelated to executive functioning. Our findings suggest that a failure to inhibit previous responses might contribute to the pathological memory manifestations of dissociation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)567-569
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Volume192
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004

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Disruptions in executive functioning and dissociation in undergraduate students. / Giesbrecht, T.; Merckelbach, H.; Geraerts, E.; Smeets, E.

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