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Schizophr Res. 2002 Sep 1;57(1):81-5.

Self-face recognition is affected by schizotypal personality traits.

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  • 1Department of Psychology, State University of New York at Albany, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12222, USA.


The right cortical hemisphere appears to be important for processing self-face images and we have hypothesized that self-face processing is compromised in schizophrenia. As a way of testing this hypothesis, we investigated how reaction times to one's own face varied as a function of scores on the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ). Left-hand reaction times to self-face images were positively correlated to scores on the SPQ. In addition, people who scored 20 or below on the SPQ showed shorter reaction times to self-face images than stranger faces when responding with their left-hand, whereas those who scored 21 or above on the SPQ showed a left-hand disadvantage. These results imply that self-face processing in the right hemisphere is impaired in individuals with schizotypal traits. Our data are the first to show that traits associated with a schizophrenic spectrum disorder in a non-clinical population may compromise self-face recognition.

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