Award Date

8-2010

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Department

Psychology

First Committee Member

Daniel N. Allen, Chair

Second Committee Member

Christopher L. Heavey

Third Committee Member

Bradley Donohue

Graduate Faculty Representative

Chad L. Cross

Number of Pages

148

Abstract

Bipolar disorder illness is marked by emotional lability and mood disturbance, as well as various neuropsychological deficits, and the neuroanatomical correlates of many of these deficits are beginning to be identified. Numerous studies have implicated specific cortical and sub-cortical abnormalities in areas associated with executive function, memory, motor function, and the processing of emotion. Although a large body of research has been devoted to the investigation of cognitive and emotion-processing deficits in bipolar disorder, relatively few studies have been devoted to the investigation of how these deficits differ among bipolar disorder subtypes. This is surprising in light of known symptomatological and phenomenological differences found among the illness subtypes. Moreover, the nosological status of bipolar disorder is still considered by many to be uncertain. The aim of this study is to address these ongoing issues by investigating and comparing emotion processing and neuropsychological deficits among bipolar I disorder, bipolar II disorder, and healthy control groups to further clarify the nature and extent of differences in impairment among these groups.

Keywords

Affective Disorders; Bipolar Disorder; Emotion processing; Emotional intelligence; Emotions and cognition; Manic-depressive illness; Neuroanatomy; Neurocognitive; Neuropsychology

Disciplines

Behavioral Neurobiology | Biological Psychology | Clinical Psychology

Language

English


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