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Completed research project

Title / Titel Cerebral hemodynamics during Wisconsin Card Sorting Test: neuropsychological and neurophysiological characterization
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Summary / Zusammenfassung The Wisconsin Card Sorting Test (WCST) is a well-known paradigm of abstraction and cognitive flexibility. We have shown that WCST elicits a distinct pattern of cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV) changes as measured by Transcranial Doppler sonography (TCD). Response latency (RL) increased during search of a new category (i.e. extradimensional shift) as compared to maintaining a rule (i.e. intradimensional shift). During repeated administration of this task, reduced response latencies over time were noted and interpreted as practice effect. Concomitantly, a slight decrease of CBFV was observed. Intra- and extradimensional shifts represent different cognitive processes. The aim of this project is to examine the association between different behavioural responses and cerebral hemodynamics. Further, we hypothesize that time has a differential effect on response latency during intra- and extradimensional shift across repeated WCST administrations. Emphasis is on the association of neurophysiological and neuropsychological variables.
Publications / Publikationen Schuepbach D, Merlo MCG, Dierks T, Brenner HD (2002) Cerebral Hemodynamic Response Induced by the Tower of Hanoi Puzzle and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Test. Neuropsychologia 40, 39-53

Schuepbach D, Goenner F, Staikov I, Mattle H, Hell D, Brenner HD (2002) Temporal modulation of cerebral hemodynamics under prefrontal challenge in schizophrenia: a transcranial Doppler sonography study. Psychiatry Research: NeuroImaging 115, 155-170

Keywords / Suchbegriffe Neurophysiology, neuropsychology, prefrontal cortex, Transcranial Doppler sonography, Wisconsin Card Sorting Test
Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
Dr. med. D. Schuepbach (Project Leader)
Dr. med. J.P. Bader
Prof. Dr. med. D. Hell
Funding source(s) /
Unterstützt durch
Hartmann Müller-Stiftung für Medizinische Forschung
In collaboration with /
In Zusammenarbeit mit
Prof. Dr. med. R. Baumgartner, Department of Neurology, University of Zurich Switzerland
Duration of Project / Projektdauer 2002 to 2003