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Schizophr Res. 2005 Jun 15;75(2-3):219-23. Epub 2004 Nov 13.

Computerized cognitive remediation improves verbal learning and processing speed in schizophrenia.

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  • 1Dept. Psychology, University of Wuppertal, Max-Horkheimer-Strasse 20, D-42119 Wuppertal, Germany.


Computerized cognitive remediation has resulted in improved executive function in schizophrenia, whereas results with regard to verbal memory were inconsistent. In the present study, 42 inpatients with schizophrenia were randomly assigned to a computerized cognitive remediation group or to a treatment-as-usual (TAU) control group. The remediation group received 15 sessions of computerized cognitive training (Cogpack) over a 3-week period. Neurocognitive functions were assessed at the beginning and end of this period. Compared to the control condition, remediation training resulted in improvements in verbal learning, processing speed and executive function (verbal fluency). The results indicate that cognitive remediation may lead to improvements beyond those of executive function.

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