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Investigating fatigue and cognitive biases in (past) COVID-19 patients

Westerburg, T.S. (2021) Investigating fatigue and cognitive biases in (past) COVID-19 patients.

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Abstract:Background. Previous studies have investigated several symptoms of the new epidemic COVID-19. However, until now, there is not much research about the longer-persisting effects of it available. Yet, as the epidemic is increasingly taking place around the world, it is important to investigate post-COVID-19 syndromes. Methods. This study included an explorative research design using an online questionnaire survey and an online experimental design. Forty-five participants volunteered in the study. The Fatigue Assessment Scale (FAS), and a self-developed questionnaire were used to measure the fatigue level in general and the fatigue level concerning a (past) COVID-19 disease. To measure the cognitive bias, an experiment consisting of two tasks were performed (DOT probe & implicit attention task).Results. The results of a linear regression analysis revealed no significant correlation between fatigue and a (past) COVID-19 disease. However, respondents of the COVID-19 group have stated fatigue as one of the most often experienced symptoms. Furthermore, no significant difference in the variance in the FAS score between the COVID-19 group and the control group was found. Finally, due to technical difficulties, no conclusion about the development of a cognitive bias. Conclusion. The current study provided evidence about a probable relationship between feelings of fatigue in relation to a (past) COVID-19 disease even though the linear regression has revealed this. Furthermore, it could be observed that also the control group (‘healthy people’) are affected with a substantial level of fatigue by the current situation. So, it can be concluded that the general population is also negatively influenced by the epidemic. The proposed outcomes need further investigation, preferably by replicating this study, to establish generalization.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:01 general works, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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