Journal article

Mental rotation in unipolar major depression

MA Rogers, JL Bradshaw, JG Phillips, E Chiu, C Mileshkin, K Vaddadi

JOURNAL OF CLINICAL AND EXPERIMENTAL NEUROPSYCHOLOGY | SWETS ZEITLINGER PUBLISHERS | Published : 2002

Abstract

Mental rotation (MR) performance may be used as an index of mental slowing or bradyphrenia, and may reflect, in particular, speed of motor preparation. MR was employed with a sample of both melancholic (n=8) and non-melancholic (n=9) unipolar depressed patients and healthy controls (n=10) to determine if motor slowing associated with depression might be reflected in slowed motor preparation (as reflected in slope of the MR function) independent of actual motor slowing (overall response time). Both melancholic and non-melancholic patients showed a generalised slowing relative to controls, perhaps reflecting bradykinesia and akinesia. This effect was significantly greater in the melancholic gr..

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