A new computerized cognitive and social cognition training specifically designed for patients with schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder in early stages of illness: A pilot study

Sol Fernandez-Gonzalo, Marc Turon, Merce Jodar, Esther Pousa, Carla Hernandez Rambla, Rebeca García, Diego Palao

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Abstract

© 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. People with schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorders at early stages of the illness present cognitive and social cognition deficits that have a great impact in functional outcomes. Cognitive Remediation Therapy (CRT) has demonstrated consistent effect in cognitive performance, symptoms and psychosocial functioning. However, any CRT intervention or social cognition training have been specifically designed for patients in the early stages of psychosis. The aim of this pilot study is to assess the efficacy of a new computerized cognitive and social cognition program for patients with schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder with recent diagnosis. A comprehensive assessment of clinical, social and non-social cognitive and functional measures was carried out in 53 randomized participants before and after the 4-months treatment. Significant results were observed in Spatial Span Forwards, Immediate Logical Memory and Pictures of Facial Affect (POFA) total score. None of these results were explained by medication, premorbid social functioning or psychopathological symptoms. No impact of the intervention was observed in other cognitive and social cognition outcome neither in clinical and functional outcomes. This new computerized intervention may result effective ameliorating visual attention, logical memory and emotional processing in patients in the early stages of schizophrenia/schizoaffective disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-509
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume228
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • Cognitive Remediation Therapy
  • Early phases of psychosis
  • Emotional processing
  • Theory of mind

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