Accession Number:

ADA291648

Title:

Identifying the Cognitive Decrements Caused by HIV.

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. 1 Aug 90-31 Dec 94,

Corporate Author:

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES INST OF SAFETY AND SYSTEMS MANA GEMENT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1995-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

12.0

Abstract:

This document summarizes the work conducted on this grant. One major experiment was conducted examining the effects of HIV on cognitive processes for a group of asymptomatic HIV homosexual and bisexual males, as defined using the Walter Reed Classification System. The HIV subjects were compared to a matched group of HIV- homosexual and bisexual males and to a second group of matched HIV- heterosexual males. Two types of cognitive assessment systems were used information processing and neuropsychological. A comparison of the two HIV- control groups revealed a number of significant differences on both the information processing and the neuropsychological instruments. Consequently, the group consisting of HIV- homosexual and bisexual males was selected as the appropriate control group. Few differences were found between the control group and the asymptomatic, HIV group. An interesting relation between performance on a classical vigilance task and self-reported recreational drug use was found. These data indicated that vigilance tasks may be useful as non-invasive drug screens.

Subject Categories:

  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE