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Language and crossed finger localization in patients with schizophrenia.

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Rushe, Teresa M, O'Neill, Francis A and Mulholland, Ciaran (2007) Language and crossed finger localization in patients with schizophrenia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS, 13 (5). pp. 893-7. [Journal article]

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Abstract

Language deficits are frequently reported in studies of patients with schizophrenia. The present study sought to test the hypothesis that such deficits are related to callosal function in this group. The FAS test of verbal fluency and Perin's Spoonerisms test of phonological processing were the tests of language. Callosal function was assessed using a Crossed Finger Localisation Test (CFLT), which is a measure of the interhemispheric transfer of somatosensory information. Patients with schizophrenia performed less well than controls on measures of language function, as well as on the CFLT. Significant positive correlations between CFLT performance and language function were present in the patient group, but not the control group. These findings extend on previous studies that report functional abnormalities of the corpus callosum in schizophrenia and are consistent with the hypothesis that language deficits in schizophrenia are related to impaired callosal functioning in this group. However, other explanations cannot be ruled out.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Psychology
ID Code:21264
Deposited By:Dr Teresa Rushe
Deposited On:21 Mar 2012 10:50
Last Modified:21 Mar 2012 10:50

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