Mirror star-tracing performance in HIV-1 infection: An assessment of visuoconstructive skills?

Drenna Waldrop, Mahendra Kumar, Adarsh M. Kumar, Francis L. Wilkie, Carl Eisdorfer

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This study examines the visuoconstructive skills of HIV-1+ individuals using an alpha-adrenergic challenge, mirror star-tracing. Participants were HIV-1+ and HIV-1- non-drug injecting men and women involved in a study examining endocrine functioning in relation to HIV infection under challenge conditions. Performance on the star-tracing task was based on the amount of errors committed when outlining a double-lined star with a pencil while looking only at its reflection in a mirror. Chi-square analysis indicated that significantly more HIV-1+ participants were in the high error group on the mirror star-tracing task than HIV-1-participants. This finding provides a potential novel approach for examining visuoconstructive skills in HIV-1+ individuals and warrants further research to better understand the meaning of such findings. Preliminary data from mirror star-tracing performances of HIV-1 - injecting drug users (IDUs) a trend toward significantly more HIV-1 - IDUs in the high error group.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)287-290
Number of pages4
JournalStress and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • HIV-1 infection
  • Mirror star-tracing
  • Visuoconstructive skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)


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