The Effect of Repeated Electroshock on Learning in Depressives

  • Johannes C. Brengelmann

Part of the Monographien aus dem Gesamtgebiete der Neurologie und Psychiatrie book series (MONOGRAPHIEN, volume 84)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-v
  2. Johannes C. Brengelmann
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 45-52

About this book


Although clinical observations abound, substantiated evidence concerning the effect of electroshock treatment on learning capacity, particularly in depressed patients, is scanty and experimental findings have been conflicting. The experiments reported here were accordingly conducted as a pilot investiga­ tion, visual learning tests involving spatial relations being used to examine in depressed patients: - (a) The extent to which a single electroshock (ES) impairs learning capacity, and the amount of its restoration 30 min, four hours and twenty-eight hours after shock. (b) The effect of repeated shocks (EOT) on learning capacity. (c) The relationship between possibly influential factors and changes in learn­ ing performance. (d) The extent of personality change recorded by "expressive movement" scores after three shocks. Before the experiments, extensive testing was carried out to determine the most suitable testing times. Important points emerging from an initial experiment were re-investigated with a more appropriate test. Finally, certain scores of expres­ sive movement derived from a greatly improved scoring system were used to assess personality changes resulting from electroshock.


Depression Learning Syndrom assessment diagnosis intelligence

Authors and affiliations

  • Johannes C. Brengelmann
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of PsychiatryMaudsley Hospital University of LondonUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1959
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-02447-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-88410-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0376-0464
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