Neural communication in posttraumatic growth
permalinkExperimental Brain Research - 2015-07-01Anders S, Peterson C, James L, Engdahl B, Leuthold A, Georgopoulos AP10.1007/s00221-015-4272-2Posttraumatic growth (PTG), or positive psychological changes following exposure to traumatic events, is commonly reported among trauma survivors. In the present study, we examined neural correlates of PTG in 106 veterans with
Posttraumatic Stress Disorderand 193 veteran controls using task-free
Magnetoencephalography, diagnostic interviews and measures of PTG, and traumatic event exposure. Global
Synchronous Neural Interactions(SNIs) were significantly modulated downward with increasing PTG scores in controls (p = .005), but not in veterans with
PTSD(p = .601). This effect was primarily characterized by negative slopes in local neural networks, was strongest in the medial prefrontal cortex, and was much stronger and more extensive in the control than the
PTSDgroup. The present study complements previous research highlighting the role of neural adaptation in healthy functioning.