اختلاط سیب با پرتقال: اختلالات توجه بصری در اسکیزوفرنی
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|30228||2015||6 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, Volume 48, September 2015, Pages 27–32
Background & objectives Patients with schizophrenia usually present cognitive deficits. We investigated possible anomalies at filtering out irrelevant visual information in this psychiatric disorder. Associations between these anomalies and positive and/or negative symptomatology were also addressed. Methods A group of individuals with schizophrenia and a control group of healthy adults performed a Garner task. In Experiment 1, participants had to rapidly classify visual stimuli according to their colour while ignoring their shape. These two perceptual dimensions are reported to be “separable” by visual selective attention. In Experiment 2, participants classified the width of other visual stimuli while trying to ignore their height. These two visual dimensions are considered as being “integral” and cannot be attended separately. Results While healthy perceivers were, in Experiment 1, able to exclusively respond to colour, an irrelevant variation in shape increased colour-based reaction times (RTs) in the group of patients. In Experiment 2, RTs when classifying width increased in both groups as a consequence of perceiving a variation in the irrelevant dimension (height). However, this interfering effect was larger in the group of schizophrenic patients than in the control group. Further analyses revealed that these alterations in filtering out irrelevant visual information correlated with positive symptoms in PANSS scale. Limitations A possible limitation of the study is the relatively small sample. Conclusions Our findings suggest the presence of attention deficits in filtering out irrelevant visual information in schizophrenia that could be related to positive symptomatology.
Visual attention can be compromised in schizophrenia (see Hemsley, 1976 and Ravizza et al., 2007). Classic studies of attention in this mental disorder revealed deficits at selecting relevant information from their environment (McGhie, 1996, Payne, 1971 and Payne, 1973). According to most of these studies, these anomalies may be specifically circumscribed to cases where the selection process is driven by top-down (or rule-guided; also known as “pigeonholing”) mechanisms (e.g., Stroop-like tasks). However, the possible presence, in schizophrenia, of alterations in the bottom-up selection of visual information (i.e., “filtering” mechanisms) still remains unclear (see Hemsley, 1975 and Hemsley and Richardson, 1980). In the present preliminary study, we used the Garner paradigm to investigate possible dysfunctions in the early selection of visual information. Participants were instructed to classify, as fast as possible, distinctive features from a “relevant” dimension. The performance in this task was used to test the possible interfering influence of a variation introduced in another “non-relevant” dimension (see Garner & Felfoldy, 1970). Normally, when two visual dimensions are processed in a separable fashion, the perception of a variation in one of them (e.g., shape) does not affect a speeded classification of the other (e.g., colour). In contrast, when selective attention cannot filter out information from a task-irrelevant visual dimension (e.g., height), variations in this dimension slow down responses to a task-relevant dimension (e.g., width). Therefore, a clear distinction has been made between “separable” and “integral” visual dimensions, respectively (see Garner & Felfoldy, 1970). Note that the interference in the Garner paradigm occurs as the variation in visual dimensions accumulate (Boenke, Ohl, Nikolaev, Lachmann, & Leeuwen, 2009), and is not based on any incongruence (as in the Stroop effect), but rather on the impossibility to ignore the perceptual variation in one dimension when concentrating on another target dimension. There is no much evidence regarding how deficits at selecting sensory information interact with other symptoms (e.g., delusions) (Oertel et al., 2007). The attention mechanisms that affect the processing of integral dimensions such as width and height have scarcely been investigated in schizophrenia. Frith and Done (1983) reported that both a group of patients with schizophrenia and a control group of healthy volunteers were equally unable to perform a speeded classification of one target dimension (e.g., width) without being influenced by a variation introduced in an irrelevant dimension (height). From our point of view, however, testing separable dimensions may also be relevant for the study of possible alterations of attention in schizophrenia. In addition, it may also be interesting to investigate any possible relation between this kind of deficits and other (more studied) symptoms such as delusions, etc. In a recent study by Baudouin, Martin, Tiberghien, Verlut, and Franck (2002) the Garner paradigm was used to investigate whether patients with schizophrenia show deficits in classifying one of two dimensions (‘face identity’ and ‘facial emotion’) while trying to ignore the other or not. A similar pattern of results was found in both a non-psychiatric control group and a group of schizophrenic patients. None of the 2 groups was able to selectively attend to the emotion of a face without having interference from its identity. In contrast, both groups were able to respond to the identity of a face regardless of its emotional content. These results represent an example of what has been referred to as “asymmetric Garner interference” (see Schweinberger, Burton, & Kelly, 1999). However, the classification of facial identities and emotions may not be the most appropriate task to assess possible deficits at filtering visual information because the interaction between these 2 dimensions still remains unclear and also because the ability to recognize faces has been found to be particularly damaged in schizophrenia (Etcoff, 1984 and Schweinberger et al., 1999). The ability to filter out irrelevant visual information was investigated, in the current study, in a group of schizophrenic patients after an acute psychotic episode, using both integral and separable dimensions. In Experiment 1, a group of patients with schizophrenia and a control group of healthy participants performed a Garner task where two separable dimensions (colour and shape) were manipulated. If the attention-mediated mechanisms of visual selection are compromised in schizophrenia, an anomalous integration of these two dimensions and a consequent increase in reaction times (RTs) was expected only in the group of schizophrenic patients. In Experiment 2, the same method was used to compare the two groups of participants when responding to integral dimensions (height and width). Although a slow-down could be expected in both groups, an anomalous processing of these two dimensions would lead, in the patient group, to larger RTs. In order to further clarify a possible relation between visual attention deficits and positive and/or negative symptoms in schizophrenia, we also assessed possible correlations between these symptoms and the performance in our Garner task (Experiment 1; separable dimensions). Recent theories of psychosis have related positive symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations to a failure of selective attention (see Morris, Griffiths, Le Pelley, & Weickert, 2013), which leads us to hypothesize a possible association between anomalies in Garner interference (e.g., larger RTs when categorizing separable dimensions) and positive symptomatology in the tested group of patients.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
The present study suggests that patients with schizophrenia show deficits in filtering out irrelevant visual information. These anomalous processing of incoming sensory information could perhaps be, in combination with other factors, the substrate of some of the abnormal perceptual/cognitive processes and positive symptomatology previously observed in this mental illness, but further studies are needed to corroborate (or else dismiss) this hypothesis.