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›› 2004, Vol. 12 ›› Issue (5): 743-751.

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Executive Function and Schizophrenia

Zhu Chunyan,Wang Kai,Lee TMC   

  1. Lab of Neuropsychology, the First Affiliated Hospital of Anhui Medical University, Hefei 230022
  • Received:2004-08-30 Revised:1900-01-01 Online:2004-09-15 Published:2004-09-15
  • Contact: Wang Kai1

Abstract: Executive function impairments are among the earliest described and clinically most prominent cognitive deficits that are presented in schizophrenia. The review aimed at the mechanism or system responsible for the executive processes and the neuropsychological studies in schizophrenic executive control. It has been suggested that some psychiatric symptom and cognitional impairments in schizophrenic spectrum disorders may result from deficits in executive function. Special impairments in the executive tasks could be considered as endophenotypic markers of schizohrenia. Our knowledge about executive impairments also helps to design treatment schemes and rehabilitation programs more appropriately for the patients'needs.

Key words: executive function, prefrontal cortex, schizophrenia

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