Cognitive explanations for Schizophrenia

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  • Created on: 09-05-12 19:25

Disturbed thinking processes are the cause.

Normal mechanisms that filter stimuli are defective, so let in irrelevant information.

Hemsley says schizophrenia is a breakdown in the relationship between stored information and sensory information.

Hemsley also states that schemas are not activated, resulting in sensory overload.

Superficial incidents can be seen as highly relevant so this explains delusions.

Thoughts are not recognised as from memory, they are attributed to other sources and experienced as auditory hallucinations.

Frith's Model.

Symptoms can be explained as deficits in 3 cognitive processes, part of a mechanism known as meta representation.

1. inability to generate willed


Issy H


Great Concise notes, additional to what is written in the text books! Lovely, thankyou!!!

Aaron Tait


Thank you very much... Very little comes close to the elation of having answer material thrust in one's face trimmed of all waffle!!!!

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