Face classification in schizophrenia: Evidence for a sensitivity to distinctiveness

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The face-processing skills of people with schizophrenia were compared with those of a group of unimpaired individuals. Participants were asked to make speeded face-classification decisions to faces previously rated as being typical or distinctive. The schizophrenic group responded more slowly than the unimpaired group; however, both groups demonstrated the customary sensitivity to the distinctiveness of the face stimuli. Face-classification latencies made to typical faces were shorter than those made to distinctive faces. The implication of this finding with the schizophrenic group is discussed with reference to accounts of face-processing deficits attributed to these individuals.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)702-707
Number of pages6
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009