The brief assessment of cognition in schizophrenia. Normative data for the Italian population

Simona Anselmetti, Sara Poletti, Elena Ermoli, Margherita Bechi, Stefano Cappa, Annalena Venneri, Enrico Smeraldi, Roberto Cavallaro

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Objective: To provide normative values for the Italian population for the Brief Assessment of Cognition in Schizophrenia (BACS), a recent brief neuropsychological instrument for the assessment of cognition in patients with schizophrenia. Participants: Data were collected from 204 healthy adult Italian subjects, stratified by gender, education and age. Measurements and results: Tests included in the BACS are the following: list learning, digit sequencing, verbal fluency, token motor task, symbol-coding and Tower of London. Normative values were established using the Equivalent Scores method in order to enable comparison with other neuropsychological tasks commonly used in the assessment of the Italian population. Performance on the BACS was influenced by the commonest demographic variables such as age and education. Conclusions: The availability of normative data for the Italian population will increase the usefulness of this test for both clinical and experimental purposes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)85-92
Number of pages8
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2008


  • BACS
  • Cognitive functioning
  • Equivalent Scores
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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