Patients with schizophrenia have difficulties in representing of the mental states of others. The impairment can be detected not only in the acut phase but also in remission. Patients in remission are able to pass first- and secound order "theory of mind" tasks, but they have difficulties to understand more complex situations (such as irony). In our study faux pas tasks were used to assess mentalization deficits among patients with schizophrenia. Seventeen patients with schizophrenia and seventeen matched controll inviduals were evaluated. A computerized programme was used to present the tasks, to store the answers and the time the participants used to read the questions and answer. The patients with schizophrenia performed a sinificant impairment in the faux pas tasks. Beside, an improving tendency were found in the patient's answers, that may mean a capacity to "learn" in the dimension of mentalization.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2008|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
- Clinical Neurology