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Memories of Personal Life Events Impaired in Schizophrenia

Key clinical point: Patients with schizophrenia appear less able to retrieve vivid details of life events than their counterparts without the illness.

Major finding: When asked to judge the temporal order between two stimuli that appeared successively, the proportion of errors made by the people with schizophrenia was significantly higher than the proportion made by the control participants.

Study details: The data come from an exploratory study of 27 stabilized outpatients with schizophrenia, 27 matched controls, and 12 members of a reference group, who were equipped with a wearable camera and told to walk around the city center of Strasbourg, France, and participate in 11 daily activities. One week later, the participants took a battery of memory tests, including the Memory Chronological Organization Task and the Event Segmentation Task Procedure.

Disclosures: The authors reported having no conflicts of interest.


Alle MC et al. Front Psychiatry. 2019 Oct 4. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00699.