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dc.contributor.authorWhite, Michael D.
dc.contributor.authorReady, Justin
dc.contributor.authorKane, Robert J.
dc.contributor.authorYamashiro, Carl T.
dc.contributor.authorGoldsworthy, Sharon
dc.contributor.authorBonds-McClain, Darya
dc.date.accessioned2017-11-03T12:30:32Z
dc.date.available2017-11-03T12:30:32Z
dc.date.issued2015
dc.identifier.issn0888-4080
dc.identifier.doi10.1002/acp.3128
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/349022
dc.description.abstractIndividuals who experience electrical injury suffer significant, sometimes long-term deficits in neuropsychological functioning. The TASER, an electrical device used by thousands of police departments, generates a high-voltage (up to 50 000 V), low-amperage (2.1 mA) current of electricity that is designed to disable a resistive criminal suspect. Questions have emerged regarding the potential for TASER exposure to cause impairment in cognitive functioning. In the current study, healthy human volunteers were randomly assigned to four groups, two of which received a TASER exposure. Participants completed a battery of cognitive tests before and after receiving their assigned treatment. Participants who received a TASER exposure experienced statistically meaningful declines in measures of verbal learning and memory, although deficits lasted less than 1 hour. After TASER exposure, participants also self-reported significant difficulties with concentration, anxiety, and feeling overwhelmed. Other dimensions of cognitive functioning were not affected. Our findings show that the effects of TASER exposure on brain functioning are not well understood.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltd.
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom600
dc.relation.ispartofpageto607
dc.relation.ispartofissue4
dc.relation.ispartofjournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
dc.relation.ispartofvolume29
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
dc.subject.fieldofresearchMarketing
dc.subject.fieldofresearchPsychology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCognitive Sciences
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode170299
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1505
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1701
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1702
dc.titleExamining Cognitive Functioning Following TASER Exposure: A Randomized Controlled Trial
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorReady, Justin T.


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