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Project Raptor: Examining the Interplay between Resting Oscillations, Novelty Processing and Attention in PTSD

Individuals with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) self-report problems with attention, and consistent with such reports, neurocognitive studies find that PTSD is associated with impaired executive functioning including deficits in working memory and sustained attention. This exploratory study will use MEG to examine resting state networks and responses to target, standard, and novel Auditory Oddball stimuli to determine associations between responses and resting state and with attention performance in combat-exposed service members with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) compared to a combat control group. Informed by prior event-related potentials studies, we will examine the underlying contributions of specific brain regions to the attentional process.

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