Job burnout is associated with dysfunctions in brain mechanisms of voluntary and involuntary attention

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Sokka , L , Leinikka , M , Korpela , J , Henelius , A , Ahonen , L , Alain , C , Alho , K & Huotilainen , M 2016 , ' Job burnout is associated with dysfunctions in brain mechanisms of voluntary and involuntary attention ' , Biological Psychology , vol. 117 , pp. 56-66 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.02.010

Title: Job burnout is associated with dysfunctions in brain mechanisms of voluntary and involuntary attention
Author: Sokka, Laura; Leinikka, Marianne; Korpela, Jussi; Henelius, Andreas; Ahonen, Lauri; Alain, Claude; Alho, Kimmo; Huotilainen, Minna
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences
University of Helsinki, Behavioural Sciences





Date: 2016-05
Language: eng
Number of pages: 11
Belongs to series: Biological Psychology
ISSN: 0301-0511
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.02.010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/224000
Abstract: Individuals with job burnout symptoms often report having cognitive difficulties, but related electrophysiological studies are scarce. We assessed the impact of burnout on performing a visual task with varying memory loads, and on involuntary attention switch to distractor sounds using scalp recordings of event-related potentials (ERPs). Task performance was comparable between burnout and control groups. The distractor sounds elicited a P3a response, which was reduced in the burnout group. This suggests burnout-related deficits in processing novel and potentially important events during task performance. In the burnout group, we also observed a decrease in working-memory related P3b responses over posterior scalp and increase over frontal areas. These results suggest that burnout is associated with deficits in cognitive control needed to monitor and update information in working memory. Successful task performance in burnout might require additional recruitment of anterior regions to compensate the decrement in posterior activity. (C) 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Subject: Job burnout
Attention
Event-related potentials (ERP)
P3a
P3b
WORKING-MEMORY
COGNITIVE PERFORMANCE
AUDITORY DISTRACTION
SCALP DISTRIBUTION
SALIVARY CORTISOL
DEPRESSION
SLEEP
P300
PARADIGM
DYNAMICS
515 Psychology
516 Educational sciences
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