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Br J Psychiatry. 1996 Apr;168(4):427-31.

Patients with schizophrenia remember that an event has occurred, but not when.

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  • 1INSERM Unité 405, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, France.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The context memory deficit hypothesis of schizophrenia postulates that the long-term deficit associated with this disorder is related to a memory impairment for contextual information.

METHOD:

To test this hypothesis, memory for temporal context was assessed in 33 patients with schizophrenia and 33 normal subjects, using a recency discrimination task.

RESULTS:

Whereas patients were able to recall and recognise target items, they were unable to recognise from among the target items those which had been most recently learned.

CONCLUSIONS:

Schizophrenia is associated with a temporal context memory deficit.

PMID:
8730938
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