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Disruptions to processing of self referential emotional material are associated with positive symptoms of schizotypy

Saunders, Jo and Vallath, Smriti and Reed, Phil (2015) Disruptions to processing of self referential emotional material are associated with positive symptoms of schizotypy. Psychiatry Research, 229 (3). pp. 809-813. ISSN 0165-1781

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Abstract

The current experiment examined emotional processing difficulties related to self referential material in high schizotypal individuals employing the mnemic neglect paradigm. Participants read about behaviors, in reference to themselves, that were either central or peripheral, and positive or negative, before recalling those behaviors. Levels of self reported unusual experiences and cognitive disorganization were associated with reduced recall of central positive behaviors, and increased recall of central negative behaviors. These findings are discussed in terms of emotional processing of stimuli in schizotypy, and suggest that high schizotypal individuals are insensitive to emotional self referential material.