Online First Nr111

Psychiatr. Pol. ONLINE FIRST Nr 111: 1–11
Published ahead of print 30 September 2018
Adrian Andrzej Chrobak, Szymon Jeziorko, Anna Tereszko,
Weronika Janeczko, Aleksandra Arciszewska, Katarzyna Siuda-Krzywicka,
Anna Starowicz-Filip, Marcin Siwek, Dominika Dudek


Aim. Bipolar disorder (BD) significantly affects level of cognitive and motor functioning. Studies on cognitive function in BD shows i.a. deficits in visuospatial processing and visuospatial memory. However, studies have not used Mental Rotation Task to evaluate these functions so far. Our aim is to introduce this method to assess abovementioned deficits in euthymic BD patients.
Method. 31 euthymic BD patients and 27 healthy volunteers matched for age and years of education were recruited. All participants performed digital version of Mental Rotation Task. In this task, participants were asked to compare two figures rotated against each other and declare its similarity or difference indicating whether the figures are identical or whether they constitute their own mirror image.
Results. The test revealed significantly longer reaction times in the group of BD patients when images were rotated by – 90, – 45, 45, 90 degrees, or not rotated at all. There was no significant difference in condition of – 135, 135 or 180 degrees. The accuracy rate was significantly lower in the patient group than in the control group for the entire test and in each condition. The correlation between the average response time and the accuracy rate turned out to be insignificant.
Conclusions. Our results are consistent with studies presenting visuospatial deficits in bipolar disorder. In this study we show for the first time that mental rotation deficits are present in euthymic state of BD patients.

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