The effects of anger on psychomotor performance in adults with HIV

Academic Article


  • To investigate predictors of cognitive functioning, 46 HIV-positive adults were assessed on physiological, psychomotor, and affective variables. Using age, six mood domains measured by the Profile of Mood States, CD4+ lymphocyte count, and HIV-1 RNA viral count as independent predictors and Trails A and B and Grooved Pegboard as dependent variables of psychomotor performance, stepwise regressions revealed that only anger was a significant predictor of cognitive impairment. Implications for further studies examining the effects of negative affect on psychomotor performance are specified. Suggestions of how cognitive-behavioral stress management can be used as a potential intervention to decrease anger and negative affect and improve mental health and cognition are provided.
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    Author List

  • Vance DE; Smith BA; Neidig JL; Weaver MT
  • Start Page

  • 83
  • End Page

  • 98
  • Volume

  • 6
  • Issue

  • 3