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Recollection of Emotional Memories in Schizophrenia: Autonoetic awareness and specificity deficits

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Aurore Neumann ,

Université catholique de Louvain, BE
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Pierre Philippot

Université catholique de Louvain, BE
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Abstract

Episodic memory impairments seem to play a crucial role in schizophrenia. Most of the studies that have demonstrated such a deficit have used neutral material, leaving the recollection of emotional memories in schizophrenia unexplored. An overview is presented of a series of studies investigating the influence of emotion on episodic and autobiographical memory in schizophrenia. These experiments share a common experimental approach in which states of awareness accompanying recollection are considered. Results show that schizophrenia impairs conscious recollection in episodic and autobiographical memory tasks using emotional material. Schizophrenia is also associated with a reduction of the specificity with which autobiographical memories are recalled. An hypothesis in terms of a fundamental executive deficit underlying these impairments is proposed.
How to Cite: Neumann, A. & Philippot, P., (2006). Recollection of Emotional Memories in Schizophrenia: Autonoetic awareness and specificity deficits. Psychologica Belgica. 46(1-2), pp.143–162. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/pb-46-1-2-143
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Published on 01 Mar 2006.
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