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Relationships between trait dissociation, attention, sleep and mood were explored using self-report surveys and neurocognitive assessments in undergraduate students. Individuals scoring higher on the amnesia and derealization subscales of the Dissociative Experiences Scale performed worse on selective and divided attention tasks. In general, individuals scoring higher on total dissociation scored less well on attention tasks. Sleep experiences as measured by the ISES were related to dissociation, but this relationship was not significant when controlling for mood. Affect was found to be more strongly correlated with dissociation and cognitive dimensions than sleep. Together, these findings indicate that dissociation is related to difficulty in processing multiple stimuli and that the approaches used most often to study dissociation must be critically examined.

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Low, K.G.

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Bachelor of Science

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