Cognitive Remediation for Schizophrenia

Status: Strong Research Support

Description

Cognitive functions such as executive function, learning & memory, processing speed, and sustained attention are frequently impaired and play an important role in the functional impairments seen in schizophrenia. Cognitive remediation (CR) or cognitive rehabilitation interventions are designed to improve cognitive function through repeated practice of cognitive tasks and / or strategy training. CR interventions are typically time-limited. They can be conducted individually or in groups. Some involve extensive use of computers while others focus primarily on paper-and-pencil tasks. Most CR interventions take into account the motivational and emotional deficits that are often present in schizophrenia as well. The goal of CR is to improve cognitive function. Research has shown small to medium effects of CR on neuropsychological measures of cognition, but whether these improvements are sustained or whether they translate into improved functioning remains unclear.


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Alice Medalia, Ph.D.
Harkness Pavilion
Room 234  Unit/Box
180 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032
Phone: 212-305-3747
Fax: 212-305-4724
am2938@columbia.edu
Til Wykes, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology
Institute of Psychiatry
De Crespigny Park
London SE5 8AF, UK.
Tel: 0171 919 3596
e-mail: t.wykes@iop.kcl.ac.uk
Alan Bellack, Ph.D.
VISN 5 MIRECC Director
10 North Greene Street
61-168, BT/MIRECC
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-605-7451
Alan.bellack@va.gov