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J Clin Exp Neuropsychol. 1997 Aug;19(4):560-86.

Neuropsychology of chronic fatigue syndrome: a critical review.

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Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation, West Orange 07052, USA.


This article provides a comprehensive and critical review of the neuropsychological and related literature on chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS). Despite the methodological limitations observed in several studies, some consistent findings are noted. The most consistently documented neuropsychological impairments are in the areas of complex information processing speed and efficiency. General intellectual abilities and higher order cognitive skills are intact. Emotional factors influence subjective report of cognitive difficulty, whereas their effect on objective performance remains uncertain. Although the neuropathological processes underlying cognitive dysfunction in CFS are not yet known, preliminary evidence suggests the involvement of cerebral white matter. Directions for future research are outlined.

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