Global cognitive decline in schizophrenia with remission of symptoms?

Riccardo Barbarotto, Giorgio Castignoli, Carlo Pasetti, Marcella Laiacona

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Abstract

The relation of symptoms to cognitive dysfunction in schizophrenia is still controversial. This study was aimed (i) at verifying if a homogeneous sample of 10 young treated outpatients in remission from psychotic symptoms displays a characteristic pattern of cognitive dysfunction and (ii) at testing the issue of a general cognitive impairment. The neuropsychological performance of the patients was confronted with a large control group by means of Equivalent Scores, a normative method widely used in Italy, which allows direct, reliable comparison between tests and between patients. We found that our patients, as a group, were affected by a basic activation deficit in attention and by a semantic impairment. These deficits in symptom-free patients could indicate that their brains are in some ways working differently from those of normal controls and that this pattern is not necessarily linked to psychotic symptoms: their neuropsychological impairment might reflect a basic difference in the way of processing information that is always present and is independent of general intellectual decay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalBrain and Cognition
Volume46
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2001

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Schizophrenia
Automatic Data Processing
Semantics
Italy
Outpatients
Control Groups
Cognitive Dysfunction
Remission
Brain
Impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology

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Barbarotto, R., Castignoli, G., Pasetti, C., & Laiacona, M. (2001). Global cognitive decline in schizophrenia with remission of symptoms? Brain and Cognition, 46(1-2), 29-34.

Global cognitive decline in schizophrenia with remission of symptoms? / Barbarotto, Riccardo; Castignoli, Giorgio; Pasetti, Carlo; Laiacona, Marcella.

In: Brain and Cognition, Vol. 46, No. 1-2, 06.2001, p. 29-34.

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Barbarotto, R, Castignoli, G, Pasetti, C & Laiacona, M 2001, 'Global cognitive decline in schizophrenia with remission of symptoms?', Brain and Cognition, vol. 46, no. 1-2, pp. 29-34.
Barbarotto R, Castignoli G, Pasetti C, Laiacona M. Global cognitive decline in schizophrenia with remission of symptoms? Brain and Cognition. 2001 Jun;46(1-2):29-34.
Barbarotto, Riccardo ; Castignoli, Giorgio ; Pasetti, Carlo ; Laiacona, Marcella. / Global cognitive decline in schizophrenia with remission of symptoms?. In: Brain and Cognition. 2001 ; Vol. 46, No. 1-2. pp. 29-34.
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