Procedural memory predicts social skills in persons with schizophrenia

Kawakubo, Yuki, Rogers, Mark A. and Kasai, Kiyoto 2006, Procedural memory predicts social skills in persons with schizophrenia, Journal of nervous and mental disease, vol. 194, no. 8, pp. 625-627, doi: 10.1097/01.nmd.0000231429.40421.84.

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Title Procedural memory predicts social skills in persons with schizophrenia
Author(s) Kawakubo, Yuki
Rogers, Mark A.ORCID iD for Rogers, Mark A.
Kasai, Kiyoto
Journal name Journal of nervous and mental disease
Volume number 194
Issue number 8
Start page 625
End page 627
Total pages 3
Publisher Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Place of publication Philadelphia, Pa.
Publication date 2006-08
ISSN 0022-3018
Keyword(s) mirror reading test
social skills
Summary Despite a growing number of studies that have investigated the relationship between neurocognition and psychosocial outcome in schizophrenia, no studies have looked at the relationship between procedural memory and social skills measures in schizophrenia. The goal of this study was to investigate whether procedural memory, often preserved in schizophrenia, could predict nonverbal social skills in chronic patients with schizophrenia. Fourteen outpatients with schizophrenia participated in our study. Procedural memory was evaluated using the Mirror Reading Test, and nonverbal and verbal social skills were evaluated using a structured role play test. As predicted, there was a significant positive correlation between the learning index of the Mirror Reading Test and nonverbal skills (Spearman ρ=0.559, p = 0.038), but not for verbal communication skills or processing skills. Although preliminary, these results provide the first evidence of an association between procedural memory and nonverbal social skills in patients with schizophrenia.
Language eng
DOI 10.1097/01.nmd.0000231429.40421.84
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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