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Cognitive Processes in Schizophrenia 

Cognitive Processes in Schizophrenia
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Cognitive Processes in Schizophrenia
Author(s):

Naomi T. Tabak

and Michael F. Green

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199378067.003.0007
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date: 28 January 2022

Cognition has been a major focus in schizophrenia research since the earliest conceptualizations of the illness. However, our understanding of the nature, scope, and implications of cognitive impairments in this disorder has changed substantially over the years. This chapter will summarize the current state of research on cognitive deficits in schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia demonstrate robust and reliable deficits in many aspects of cognition, including social cognition. These deficits represent core features of the illness in that they are not simply byproducts of clinical symptoms or of medications. Further, cognitive impairments are related to poor functional outcome in schizophrenia. There are many promising treatment approaches for remediating cognitive deficits, and this line of research offers exciting new possibilities to improve the lives of patients.

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