Patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and accurate feeling-of-knowing judgments

Debora A. Lakein, Bryan D. Fantie, Jordan Grafman*, Sharon Ross, Ann O'Fallon, Janet Dale, Stephen E. Straus

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Many Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) patients complain of memory impairments which have been difficult to document empirically, Subjective complaints of memory impairment may be due to a deficit in metamemory judgment. CFS patients and matched controls were tested with a computerized Trivia information Quiz that required them to rate their confidence about correctly recognizing an answer in a multiple choice format that they had been unable to remember in a fact-recall format. Even though CFS patients reported significantly greater amounts of fatigue, cognitive, and physical symptoms, the accuracy of their confidence levels and recognition responses were similar to controls. This finding suggests that a metamemory deficit is not the cause of the memory problems reported by CFS patients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)635-645
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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