Disruptions to processing of self referential emotional material are associated with positive symptoms of schizotypy

Jo Saunders, Smriti Vallath, Phil Reed

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Abstract

The current experiment examined emotional processing difficulties related to self referential material in high schizotypal individuals employing the mnemic neglect paradigm. Participants read about behaviors, in reference to themselves, that were either central or peripheral, and positive or negative, before recalling those behaviors. Levels of self reported unusual experiences and cognitive disorganization were associated with reduced recall of central positive behaviors, and increased recall of central negative behaviors. These findings are discussed in terms of emotional processing of stimuli in schizotypy, and suggest that high schizotypal individuals are insensitive to emotional self referential material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)809-813
Number of pages5
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume229
Issue number3
Early online date31 Jul 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2015

Keywords

  • mnemic neglect
  • threat
  • schizotypy

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