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KRISTENSEN, Christian Haag; PARENTE, Maria Alice de Mattos Pimenta  and  KASZNIAK, Alfred W.. Post traumatic stress disorder and cognitive functions. PsicoUSF [online]. 2006, vol.11, n.1, pp. 17-23. ISSN 1413-8271.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a prevalent disorder which is associated with neurobiological and cognitive impairments. This paper is a theoretical review of the uses of neuropsychological assessment in PTSD. Conceptual aspects of this disorder are reviewed, as well as the neurobiological alterations related to cognitive impairments. Finally, it is argued that the assessment of memory, attention, and executive function impairments is as relevant to the clinical intervention as it is to the refinement of the psychological theories of PTSD.

Keywords : Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Cognition; Trauma; Executive functions.

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