National Institute of Justice

Researchers at the University of Buffalo will use a grant from the National Institute of Justice to study and measure how post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affects police officer decision-making.

Researchers plan to involve police officers from the Buffalo Police Department in the study. Study participants will include police officers who have been exposed to traumatic experiences and have a range of PTSD symptoms, and 55 non-trauma exposed civilian control participants.

Event-related brain potentials will be derived from 256 channels of scalp-recorded electroencephalography while participants perform cognitive tasks that require continuous attention, target detection (go) and inhibition of responses (no-go). With go/no-go, participants will be given a task that will require them to either respond quickly and accurately or refrain from responding, depending on stimuli.

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