Generalization of cognitive training in an Australian sample of schizophrenia patients

Shalisah Sharip*, Patricia Michie, Ulrich Schall, Karen Drysdale, Vanessa Case, Anoop Sankaranarayanan, Hatta Sidi, Srijit Das

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Abstract

Objective The present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of cognitive training in improving trained and untrained cognitive processes in schizophrenia. Methods A simple pre- and post experimental study with a three month follow-up was conducted to determine the efficacy of cognitive training in speed of processing and executive functions improving cognition in 22 schizophrenia patients. Results Significant improvement was found in those cognitive domains specifically targeted in the training protocol, but also to a limited extent on verbal memory and social cognition. There was also evidence of improvements in symptoms and social functioning. The training effects failed to transfer to community functioning skills however. Except for social cognition, these improvements were maintained at 3 month follow-up. Conclusion The study highlights the importance of understanding the mechanisms that contribute to the transfer of skills as well as the maintenance of cognitive changes in individuals with schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)865-872
Number of pages8
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Volume54
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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