Neuropsychological Research Technician Associate, Elena Lamping, B.S., will be presenting a poster at the 31st Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention, held May 23-26, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
The poster, titled “Data-derived Subsyndromal Classes of Bipolar Disorder Show Sparse Evidence of Neuropsychological Differences,” builds upon previous work by Prechter Program affiliate, Amy Cochran, Ph.D., who is now at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Using the Prechter Longitudinal Study of Bipolar Disorder cohort, classifications were created that divide research participants diagnosed with bipolar disorder based on their mood over long periods of time. The classifications separated those that tend to spend more time in a depressed state, those who are more stable over time, and those who cycle between mania and depression often. Through analyzing cognitive measures administered during participants’ first visits with the study, Ms. Lamping found that these classifications do not differentiate based on neuropsychological performance, and only apply to select clinical measures. However, there might be a slight advantage in certain tests for those in the depressed class.
More research should be done to see if this persists over longer periods of time.