Journal article

Bimanual coordination in chronic schizophrenia

MA Bellgrove, JL Bradshaw, D Velakoulis, KA Johnson, MA Rogers, D Smith, C Pantelis

BRAIN AND COGNITION | ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2001

Abstract

Anomalies of movement are observed both clinically and experimentally in schizophrenia. While the basal ganglia have been implicated in its pathogenesis, the nature of such involvement is equivocal. The basal ganglia may be involved in bimanual coordination through their input to the supplementary motor area (SMA). While a neglected area of study in schizophrenia, a bimanual movement task may provide a means of assessing the functional integrity of the motor circuit. Twelve patients with chronic schizophrenia and 12 matched control participants performed a bimanual movement task on a set of vertically mounted cranks at different speeds (1 and 2 Hz) and phase relationships. Participants perfo..

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