Book Chapter

OLFACTORY SENSITIVITY: FUNCTIONING IN SCHIZOPHRENIA AND IMPLICATIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE NATURE AND PROGRESSION OF PSYCHOSIS

Warrick J Brewer, Christos Pantelis

VITAMINS AND HORMONES: PHEROMONES | Vitamins and Hormones: Advances in Research and Applications | ELSEVIER ACADEMIC PRESS INC | Published : 2010

Abstract

Prefrontal neural processes maturing during neurodevelopment parallel normal improvement in higher order olfactory processing (identification) from childhood. Hence, disorders of adolescence such as schizophrenia that implicate prefrontal regions are associated with olfactory identification deficits in the presence of relatively intact lower order olfactory processing capacity (sensation) and mediating neural processes (limbic system). Understanding the linear neural trajectory of olfactory processing can assist in detecting the location, nature, and extent of early compromise of circuitry implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders such as psychosis. More recently, relatively discreet odoran..

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