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Personality Traits amongst people with Multiple Sclerosis

Posted Sep 02 2009 6:21pm

(Geez - I wonder where I fit-in ??)


Personality traits can influence social and cognitive functioning. It is thought that personality traits may influence the quality of life of people with MS, since they can determine how a person copes with diagnosis and other MS related issues. This study aimed to assess how functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), a specific sequence of MRI which describes the activation of the different cortical areas of the brain, can identify different personality traits in a group of people with an early MS diagnosis and a group of healthy controls. The authors found that different personality traits were associated with different patterns of fMRI therefore the underlying pathology of these personality traits was preserved in people with MS, at least in early stages of the disease.

authors: Gioia MC, Cerasa A, Valentino P, Fera F, Nisticò R, Liguori M, Lanza P, Quattrone A

source: Brain Cogn. 2009 Aug 19

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