Medication effects on referent communication in schizophrenic patients: An evaluation with a structured task

Aileen Clark, Philip Harvey, Murray Alpert

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Abstract

Objective measures of communication efficiency were collected twice on 10 schizophrenic patients while they participated in a structured interactive task which has seen considerable use in developmental studies of communication skills. Referential communication and thought disorder were assessed while patients were off and then on neuroleptic medication. While medicated, subjects produced more informative task-related responses. Drug- free subjects produced more unclear references and episodes of bizarre speech. These 'interruptive' tendencies appeared to be a problem of dialogue maintenance and attentional focus, which improved with medication.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)392-401
Number of pages10
JournalBrain and Language
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Speech and Hearing

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