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p. 473. Intellectual functioning in schizophrenialocked

  • Christopher Frith
  •  and Eve Johnstone


‘Intellectual functioning in schizophrenia’ discusses the fact that people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia perform less well on IQ tests than they did prior to the onset of their illness. Studies have shown that these intellectual impairments cannot be blamed on drug treatment or on institutionalization and that the cognitive areas in which patients with schizophrenia show the greatest impairment are memory, attention, and executive function. Given these observations, it is likely that the poor test performance seen in so many patients with schizophrenia is a true reflection of their abilities.

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