Attenuating Limited Cognitive Resources vs Expanding Cognitive Resources

A study by Cohen, Morrison, Brown, and Minor (2012) demonstrated that increasing cognitive load on an individual with schizotypy and diminished expression (blunted affect, etc.) showed expressive deficits. The clinical application would be that our negative symptom individuals (specifically, those with blunted affect) do worse when exposed to unacceptable stress, for example, demands regarding hygiene, […]

MEMO: resource sparing pt iii

In daily life, a person engages in a wide variety of activities. In accomplishing ordinary tasks, such as brushing the teeth, the individual takes for granted that the task will be completed and may have an experience of satisfaction after completing this routine task. Upon completion of a more difficult task such as fixing a […]

Memo: Sparing Resources Part 2

The questions arise frequently as to what is the relationship between the positive symptoms (psychotic phenomena and inappropriate behavior) and the negative symptoms (primarily withdrawal). There are at least two major hypotheses that suggest a causal explanation for the co-occurrence of these two sets of symptoms. Hypothesis one proposes that the attenuation caused by the […]

Neurocognitive Resource Sparing PT I

A large proportion of hospitalized individuals who are diagnosed with chronic, non-affective psychosis (or schizophrenia) have the full set of negative symptoms such as amotivation, anergia, inactivity, etc. These individuals have also been shown to perform poorly on tests of attention, memory, executive function, cognitive processing, and emotional discrimination. It is through their psychobiological thermostat […]

Attenuating Limited Cognitive Resources vs Expanding Cognitive Resources

Part I A study by Cohen, Morrison, Brown, and Minor (2012) demonstrated that increasing cognitive load on individual with schizotypy and diminished expression (blunted affect, etc.) showed expressive deficits. The clinical application would be that our negative symptom individuals (specifically, those with blunted affect) do worse when exposed to unacceptable stress, for example, demands regarding […]