Disabling Social and Performance Attitudes as a Cause of Negative Symptoms

We have found that negative attitudes about the self, such as social ineptness and belief in one’s own incompetence leads to one’s poor performance on IQ and academic tests. Thus, the negative symptoms in schizophrenia can be attributed to these negatively biased attitudes about the self and performance. A recent paper by our group entitled:What Accounts for Poor Functioning in People with Schizophrenia: A Re-evaluation of the Contributions of Neurocognitive vs. Attitudinal and Motivational Factors, supports this hypothesis (Beck et al., 2018).If supported by other studies, these findings nullify the prevailing hypothesis of a neurocognitive deficiency in this patient population and points the way to new and more effective treatments.

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References:

Beck, A. T., Himelstein, R., Bredemeier, K., Silverstein, S. M., & Grant, P. M. (2018). What Accounts for Poor Functioning in People with Schizophrenia: A Re-evaluation of the Contributions of Neurocognitive vs. Attitudinal and Motivational Factors. Psychological Medicine.