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Psychiatry Res. 2015 Mar 30;226(1):392-5. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.12.058. Epub 2015 Jan 14.

The relationship between insight and autobiographical memory for emotional events in schizophrenia.

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre-Victoria Hospital, 800 Commissioner's Road East, London, ON, Canada N6A 5W9; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, St. Joseph׳s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 3K7. Electronic address: arlene.macdougall@lhsc.on.ca.
2
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, St. Joseph׳s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 3K7; Homewood Research Institute, Homewood Health Centre, 150 Delhi Street, Guelph, ON, Canada N1E 6K9. Electronic address: mmckinno@stjosham.on.ca.
3
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, St. Joseph׳s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 3K7. Electronic address: kherdman@yorku.ca.
4
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, St. Joseph׳s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 3K7. Electronic address: matthew1.king@psych.ryerson.ca.
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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, St. Joseph׳s Healthcare Hamilton, West 5th Campus, 100 West 5th, Hamilton, ON, Canada L8N 3K7; Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, 250 College St., Toronto, ON, Canada M5T 1R8. Electronic address: michael.kiang@camh.ca.

Abstract

The relation of episodic and semantic memory for emotional- (positive, negative) and neutral-valenced autobiographical events to illness insight was examined in individuals with schizophrenia. Reduced recall of episodic details for negative events was significantly associated with impaired awareness of having a past mental disorder and its social consequences. Deficits in episodic memory for negative autobiographical events may underlie impaired insight in schizophrenia.

KEYWORDS:

Autobiographical memory; Insight; Schizophrenia

PMID:
25623015
DOI:
10.1016/j.psychres.2014.12.058
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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