Working Memory Deficits in Schizophrenia and Strategy for Remediation
Brown, Nicholas K.
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The working memory and prefrontal deficit in schizophrenia is a reliable finding, supported by both cognitive and anatomical studies. This deficit has been remediated in many studies by giving detailed instructions to schizophrenic participants of the test being performed to measure working memory. These detailed instructions introduce confounding variables, however: the social contact of an experimenter giving the instructions and the affect of the experimenter. This study attempts to isolate and test one of these variables, affect, on schizophrenics' working memory. The study varies affect of a recorded voice played by a computer, eliminating the social context provided by an experimenter.