Title

Information Processing in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: A Preliminary Investigation of Suggestibility

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-2001

Publication Source

Journal of Psychosomatic Research

Volume

51

Issue

5

Inclusive pages

679-686

DOI

10.1016/S0022-3999(01)00284-7

Abstract

This study examines the effects of certain types of information processing on the subjective experience of cognitive deficits in persons with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Two groups of participants, persons with CFS and a group of healthy controls, were administered a symptom inventory and measures of intellectual functioning, memory, automatic processing, and suggestibility. The groups differed significantly on number and severity of reported symptoms and on measures of global suggestibility and automatic processing, but not on measures of intellectual functioning and memory. Suggestibility was related to number and severity of reported symptoms, as well as the inability to inhibit the automatic processing of information. Implications of these findings are discussed, as well as directions for future research and treatment of symptoms associated with CFS.

Keywords

Attention; Chronic fatigue syndrome; Cognition; Information processing; Suggestibility

Disciplines

Psychology

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