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Forensic Sci Med Pathol. 2014 Mar;10(1):9-17. doi: 10.1007/s12024-013-9510-y. Epub 2013 Nov 9.

The neurocognitive effects of simulated use-of-force scenarios.

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Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Lompoc, CA, USA, donalddawes@gmail.com.

Abstract

While the physiologic effects of modern conducted electrical weapons (CEW) have been the subject of numerous studies, their effects on neurocognitive functioning, both short-term and long-term, are less well understood. It is also unclear how these effects compare to other use-of-force options or other arrest-related stressors. We compared the neurocognitive effects of an exposure to a TASER(®) (TASER International, Inc, Scottsdale, AZ) X26™ CEW to four other use-of-force scenarios during a training exercise using a well-established neurocognitive metric administered repeatedly over 1 h. Overall, we found that there was a decline in neurocognitive performance immediately post-scenario in all groups, but this effect was transient, of questionable clinical significance, and returned to baseline by 1 h post-scenario.

PMID:
24213973
DOI:
10.1007/s12024-013-9510-y
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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