Journal article

Fractionation of Verbal Memory Impairment in Schizophrenia and Schizophreniform Psychosis

Stephen J Wood, Aleks U Tarnawski, Tina M Proffitt, Warrick J Brewer, Greg R Savage, Vicki Anderson, Patrick D McGorry, Stephen J Wood, Aleks U Tarnawski, Tina M Proffitt, Warrick J Brewer, Greg R Savage, Vicki Anderson, Patrick D McGorry, Dennis Velakoulis, Christos Pantelis

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry | SAGE Publications | Published : 2007

Abstract

Objectives: The characterization, aetiology, and course of verbal memory deficits in schizophrenia remain ill defined. The impact of antipsychotic medications is also unclear. The purpose of the present paper was to investigate verbal memory performance in established schizophrenia (SZ) and first-episode schizophreniform psychosis (FE). Method: Performances of 32 SZ and 33 FE patients were compared to those of 47 healthy volunteers on measures of verbal working memory, verbal associative learning and story recall. Results: Story recall deficits, but not deficits in working memory or paired associate learning, were demonstrated by both patient groups. Patients treated with typical neurolept..

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