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Psychoneuroendocrinology. 1992 May-Jul;17(2-3):179-87.

Psychological aspects of premenstrual syndrome. I: Cognition and memory.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, Harper Hospital, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 48201.


Fourteen women with PMS and ten without PMS were evaluated with a battery of neuropsychological tests during the follicular and late luteal phases of two consecutive menstrual cycles. Classification was determined with NIMH diagnostic criteria and prospective record keeping. The results indicated that (1) the PMS women had significant difficulty in learning new material and this problem was not phase-dependent, (2) both groups performed better on a test of frontal lobe function during the follicular phase, and (3) mood did not account for any of the differences in cognitive functioning.

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