Does practice make perfect? Results from a Chinese feasibility study of cognitive remediation in schizophrenia

Byrne, Linda K., Peng, Daihui, McCabe, Marita, Mellor, David, Zhang, Jie, Zhang, Tianhong, Huang, Jia and Xu, Yifeng 2013, Does practice make perfect? Results from a Chinese feasibility study of cognitive remediation in schizophrenia, Neuropsychological rehabilitation, vol. 23, no. 4, pp. 580-596, doi: 10.1080/09602011.2013.799075.

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Title Does practice make perfect? Results from a Chinese feasibility study of cognitive remediation in schizophrenia
Author(s) Byrne, Linda K.ORCID iD for Byrne, Linda K.
Peng, Daihui
McCabe, Marita
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David
Zhang, Jie
Zhang, Tianhong
Huang, Jia
Xu, Yifeng
Journal name Neuropsychological rehabilitation
Volume number 23
Issue number 4
Start page 580
End page 596
Total pages 17
Publisher Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2013-08
ISSN 0960-2011
Keyword(s) schizophrenia
cognitive rehabilitation
working memory
Summary Patients with schizophrenia often receive little by way of non-pharmacological interventions. Despite this, promising outcomes in programmes targeting cognitive deficits have been reported, suggesting that this is an area worthy of further investigation. The aim of the study was to implement and evaluate a brief computerised cognitive remediation programme designed to improve memory and attention in a male Chinese sample with chronic schizophrenia. Pre-testing was completed on a number of clinical and cognitive measures for intervention (n = 14) and treatment as usual (n = 17) participants. The intervention group then completed six weeks ( x no. of sessions = 12.78) of the computer-based cognitive remediation programme. Post-test measures for both groups were then collected again. Following the six week intervention, we found, contrary to our expectations, the intervention group improved on several of the clinical variables. The intervention group also performed better than the control group on the post-test measure of attention, but not verbal memory. These findings suggest that it is feasible to improve some aspects of cognitive abilities with a simple computerised training programme for people with serious mental illness.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09602011.2013.799075
Field of Research 170101 Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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