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Cognitive and affective correlates of temperament in Parkinson's Disease

Pluck, G. and Brown, R. G. (2011) Cognitive and affective correlates of temperament in Parkinson's Disease. Depression Research and Treatment. Article no. 893873. ISSN 2090-1321


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Parkinson’s disease (PD) patients display low novelty seeking scores on the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ), which may reflect the low dopamine function that characterises the disease. People with PD also display raised harm avoidance scores. Due to these and other observations, a “parkinsonian personality” has been suggested. However, little is known about how these features relate to cognitive and affective disorders, which are also common in PD. We examined links between TPQ scores and performance on an attentional orienting task in a sample of 20 people with PD. In addition, associations between TPQ and depression and anxiety scores were explored. It was found that novelty seeking scores were significantly correlated with a reaction time measure of attentional orienting to visual novelty. Harm avoidance scores were significantly correlated with anxiety, but not depression scores. These findings extend our understanding of how temperament interacts with cognitive and affective features of the disorder.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2011 Graham Pluck and Richard G. Brown. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Medicine (Sheffield) > Department of Neuroscience (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Dr Graham Pluck
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2012 08:56
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2014 04:55
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/893873
Status: Published
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1155/2011/893873
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/74471

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