Identification of tone duration, line length, and letter position: An experimental approach to timing and working memory deficits in schizophrenia

Brita Elvevåg, Teresa McCormack, Gordon D A Brown, Janet I. Vousden, Terry E. Goldberg

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Patients with schizophrenia display numerous cognitive deficits, including problems in working memory, time estimation, and absolute identification of stimuli. Research in these fields has traditionally been conducted independently. We examined these cognitive processes using tasks that are structurally similar and that yield rich error data. Relative to healthy control participants (n = 20), patients with schizophrenia (n = 20) were impaired on a duration identification task and a probed-recall memory task but not on a line-length identification task. These findings do not support the notion of a global impairment in absolute identification in schizophrenia. However, the authors suggest that some aspect of temporal information processing is indeed disturbed in schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)509-521
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Abnormal Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2004
Externally publishedYes


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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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