The neurocognitive effects of simulated use-of-force scenarios

Donald M Dawes, Jeffrey D Ho, Andrea S Vincent, Paul C Nystrom, Johanna C Moore, Lila W Steinberg, Anne Marie K Tilton, Michael A Brave, Marc S Berris, James R Miner
Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology 2014, 10 (1): 9-17
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.


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