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Social cognition in schizophrenia: a review of face processing

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)43-58
Number of pages16
JournalBritish Medical Bulletin
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2008


People with schizophrenia have difficulties in interpreting social information. Much social information is gathered from faces, and face processing represents a well-characterized model to study the basis of social deficits in schizophrenia.

A narrative review of selected literature.

Individuals with schizophrenia have impairments in recognizing basic emotions and making social judgements from facial stimuli.

The neural basis of these abnormalities is still being determined. However, initial evidence implicates dysfunction of frontal and temporal lobe brain regions. Hyper-activation of the amygdala, a brain region involved in fear, to facial stimuli may be an important underlying neural abnormality.

The present article highlights the difficulties that people with schizophrenia have in interpreting social cues from faces.

Research is required to understand more about both the basis of social deficits in schizophrenia and their potential remediation.

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