Cognitive Coping and Frontal Lobe Epilepsy: A Task Switching Study
Amara Gul* and Hira Ahmad
Department of Applied Psychology, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan
- *Corresponding Author:
- Amara Gul
Department of Applied Psychology
The Islamia University of Bahwalpur, Pakistan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: June 13, 2014; Accepted date: July 25, 2014; Published date: August 15, 2014
Citation: Gul A, Ahmad H, (2014) Cognitive Coping and Frontal Lobe Epilepsy: A Task Switching Study. Int J Neurorehabilitation 1:112. doi:10.4172/2376-0281.1000112
Copyright: © 2014 Gul A, Ahmad H. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The present study examines the role of cognitive coping in task switching abilities of patients with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE). Participants (25 patients with FLE & 25 healthy controls) performed switching task and reported the use of cognitive coping strategies. Results showed that patients with FLE had sustained attention for emotion which lead to the unbalanced switch cost between tasks. This pattern of results did not appear in controls. Relative to controls, patients with FLE reported more frequent use of maladaptive cognitive coping strategies such as self-blame, other blame, rumination, and catastrophizing and less frequent use of putting into perspective, positive refocusing, positive reappraisal, acceptance and planning. Cognitive coping strategies were associated with switch costs. Greater use of maladaptive strategies was positively correlated with weaker task switching abilities. This study for the first time highlighted the role of cognitive coping in frontal lobe epilepsy during switching conditions. Implications of results were discussed.