Verbal fluency and psychiatric symptoms in geriatric schizophrenia

Evelyn Howanitz, Caryn Cicalese, Philip D. Harvey

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Previous studies have demonstrated that negative symptoms are regulated by frontal brain regions. We were interested in the relationship between psychiatric symptoms and performance on a verbal fluency (VF) battery in a population of elderly schizophrenic subjects. Thirty-five elderly schizophrenic subjects were administered a neuropsycho-logical battery which included verbal fluency performance and Positive and Negative Symptom Scale (PANSS). Results showed negative symptoms to be strongly correlated with performance on tasks of VF, which may suggest that negative symptomatology in schizophrenia is related to prefrontal cortical activity. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-169
Number of pages3
JournalSchizophrenia Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 5 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Cognition
  • Negative symptoms
  • Neuropsychology
  • Schizophrenia
  • Verbal fluency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Neurology
  • Psychology(all)


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