Speed in test performance in depressed patients

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Abstract

Compared the performance of 2 groups of nonschizophrenic, nonorganic, psychiatric patients–25 depressed (mean age 41.4 yrs) and 25 nondepressed (mean age 37.8 yrs) Ss–on several tests, including the Quick Test, the WAIS, and 10 speed tests and measures of ambiguous figure reversal rates. The 2 groups of Ss were matched for general psychopathology, sex, age, and education. No difference in the performance on power-cognitive (i.e., intelligence) tests was found. Depressed patients performed more slowly on psychomotor speed tests, confirming an earlier study comparing depressed patients and normal controls. Findings generally confirm those of the 1st author et al (1972) and those of several earlier studies summarized by W. R. Miller (see record 1975-20082-001). (18 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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