Perceptual processing advantages for trauma-related visual cues in post-traumatic stress disorder

@inproceedings{Kleim2012PerceptualPA,
  title={Perceptual processing advantages for trauma-related visual cues in post-traumatic stress disorder},
  author={Birgit Kleim and Thomas Ehring and Anke Ehlers},
  booktitle={Psychological medicine},
  year={2012}
}
BACKGROUND Intrusive re-experiencing in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) comprises distressing sensory impressions from the trauma that seem to occur 'out of the blue'. A key question is how intrusions are triggered. One possibility is that PTSD is characterized by a processing advantage for stimuli that resemble those that accompanied the trauma, which would lead to increased detection of such cues in the environment. METHOD We used a blurred picture identification task in a cross… CONTINUE READING