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Verbal Acuity and Schizophrenia
An analysis of verbal acuity in persons with schizophrenia.
# 104500 | 4,529 words | 43 sources | APA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 16, 2008 in Psychology (Disorders)

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This paper discusses how schizophrenia involves a portion of neuro psychologically normal or almost-normal patients whose verbal abilities may be more than competent, sometimes surpassing the abilities of unimpaired persons. It attempts to encourage strong awareness of schizophrenia's still debated characteristics as a disorder of some unitary features but more variation. It looks at how studies of the brain activity of schizophrenic patients have shown that schizophrenics who do have frontal activity when performing verbal fluency tasks with a shortage of activity in the left hemisphere. are still able to engage in high verbal activity.

Brain Structure and Deficits
Neuropsychologically Normal Patients
Memory and Learning
New Hope and Pharmacology
Challenges to Research and Treatment
Concluding Discussion

From the Paper:

"For a century, schizophrenia has been categorized as a mental illness distinct from the mood disorders or other conditions. (See Kraepilin:1896;1919) Lee & Park defined schizophrenia as "a complex brain disorder characterized by clinical heterogeneity and deficits of cognitive functions such as distractibility, perseveration, and inability to inhibit irrelevant information or responses." (2005:599) Patients are popularly associated with hallucinations, delusions, disorganized language and bizarre behavior, frequent memory and cognitive deficits and impaired daily functioning, as can contrast markedly with what is actually presented by numerous schizophrenic patients in care. Matters of cognitive decline have intrigued various researchers approaching a puzzle of why and how impairment commences, newer research claiming that cognitive deficit is not integral to schizophrenia in that many patients present normal cognitive ability, IQ and verbal acuity, or only slight impairment. "

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