Medication may be required for the development of automatic information processing in schizophrenia

Mark R. Serper, R. L. Bergman, Philip D. Harvey

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Abstract

Medicated and unmedicated schizophrenic patients and normal subjects (n's = 4) were examined on the extent to which their information-processing performance became automated over time, as reflected by increased competence in dual task performance. The central task was a computerized version of the Continuous Performance Test, and the secondary task was a wordlist shadowing task. Normal subjects and medicated schizophrenic patients became much more efficient at performing both tasks simultaneously with practice, with unmedicated patients showing no improvement over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)281-288
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1990
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • attention
  • neuroleptic effects
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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