Neuroticism as a covariate of cognitive task performance in individuals with tinnitus.

Holly Edwards, James Jackson, Hannah Evans

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Previous studies have shown cognitive task performance to be affected by tinnitus severity, but also that the literature is conflicted. This study sought to identify neuroticism as a possible confound, since severe tinnitus distress is associated with higher levels of neuroticism. A total of 78 participants (39 with and 39 without tinnitus) undertook two cognitive tasks. It was found that when undertaking a Stroop paradigm, controlling for neuroticism rendered previously significant results not significant. It was also found that neuroticism was not a significant covariate for a change blindness task. Gender, age, anxiety, and depression were all controlled for, and future implications for the literature discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number4470
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2 Aug 2022


  • Change Blindness
  • Cognitive Performance
  • Neuroticism
  • Stroop Paradigm
  • Tinnitus


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