Paweł Krukow
Instytut Psychologii UMCS

CHANGES IN PERSONALITY FOLLOWING FRONTAL LOBE DYSFUNCTION NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ANALYSIS WITH THE USE OF THE ACL-37 TEST

The main purpose of this study was to analyze dynamics in personality changes and self-assessment of patients with damage in frontal lobes. In order to estimate disorders in behavior and personality of those patients two groups were chosen to compare. The first was the group of patients with frontal lobe dysfunction, the second was group of neurological patients without brain damage. All patients had to fill in an ACL-37 test in answer to various questions: “What am I like now?”, “What was I before my illness?” One of the members of patients’ families – who knew him very well – had to answer the questions: “What was X before his (her) illness?” and “What is he (she) now?” Several comparisons of results have had a picture of changes in personality. Besides that, comparisons showed that patients after frontal lobe damage do not assess adequately their own personalities. Personalities of patients from the experimental group are transformed in a characteristic way, they seem to lose their adaptability and flexibility of behavior. Analysis of those changed personalities shows, that following frontal lobe dysfunction they are more impulsive, their behavior is inappropriate to conditions, and they loose interpersonal and social abilities.
Autor: Ewelina Soszyńska
Ostatnia aktualizacja: 09.03.2007, godz. 15:54 - Ewelina Soszyńska