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Perception of socially relevant stimuli in schizophrenia

Bigelow, Nirav O. and Paradiso, Sergio and Adolphs, Ralph and Moser, David J. and Arndt, Stephan and Heberlein, Andrea S. and Nopoulos, Peggy and Andreasen, Nancy C. (2006) Perception of socially relevant stimuli in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 83 (2-3). pp. 257-267. ISSN 0920-9964.

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To examine whether patients with schizophrenia have deficits in the appraisal of socially relevant stimuli, we tested 20 patients and 14 healthy volunteers equated for parental socioeconomic status on recognition of gender stimuli, emotional people stimuli, and emotional scenes. Patients with schizophrenia showed deficits in discrimination of subtle gender differences and in the identification of emotion from human shapes and body motion. Patients showed no impairment on measures of hedonic appraisal of emotional scenes and recognition of emotional expression in human face stimuli. Across tasks, subjects with schizophrenia showed poorer identification of happiness, anger, and fear. The findings point towards circumscribed domains of impaired social cognition in schizophrenia and suggest specific further hypotheses about the neural dysfunction that may underlie them.

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Additional Information:© 2006 Elsevier B.V. Received 22 June 2005, Revised 12 December 2005, Accepted 20 December 2005, Available online 23 February 2006.
Subject Keywords:Schizophrenia; Social cognition; Emotion; Visual perception
Issue or Number:2-3
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Official Citation:Nirav O. Bigelow, Sergio Paradiso, Ralph Adolphs, David J. Moser, Stephan Arndt, Andrea Heberlein, Peggy Nopoulos, Nancy C. Andreasen, Perception of socially relevant stimuli in schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Research, Volume 83, Issues 2–3, April 2006, Pages 257-267, ISSN 0920-9964, (
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