درون اندیشی و اسکیزوتایپی مثبت در مغز نوجوانان
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|38442||2014||8 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||6347 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Schizophrenia Research, Volume 152, Issue 1, January 2014, Pages 65–72
Clinical and phenomenological accounts of schizophrenia suggest that impairments in self-reflective processes significantly contribute to psychopathological expression. Recent imaging studies observe atypical cerebral activation patterns during self-reflection, especially around the cortical midline structures, both in psychosis-prone adults and individuals with schizophrenia. Given that self-reflection processes consolidate during adolescence, and that early transient expression of psychosis (positive schizotypy) also arises during this period, the present study sought to examine whether atypical cerebral activation during self-reflection task could be associated with early schizotypic expression during adolescence. Forty-two neurotypical adolescent participants (19 females) aged from 12 to 19 (15.92 ± 1.9) underwent a self-reflection task using functional neuroimaging (fMRI), where they had to evaluate trait adjectives (1 to 4 ratings) about themselves or their same sex best friend. The Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ) was employed to assess positive schizotypic expression. Results showed that positive schizotypy in adolescents significantly correlated with cortical midline activation patterns in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex (dmPFC) and the posterior cingulate cortex (PCC), as well as the dorsolateral PFC and the lingual gyrus. The results are consistent with previous imaging literature on self-reflection and schizophrenia. They further highlight that the relationship between self-reflection processes and positive schizotypy operates at the trait level of expression and can be observed as early as adolescence.
Adolescence is often depicted as a critical developmental period for selfhood (Erikson, 1968), where questions such as “Who am I?” seek answers in both self-reflective and social cognitive processes (Pfeifer and Peake, 2012). Although psychiatric disorders involving anomalous self-experiences emerge during early adulthood, they are often preceded by subclinical symptom manifestations during adolescence (Rutter et al., 2006 and Shiner, 2009). Schizophrenic spectrum disorders represent a good example of such developmental psychopathology. Indeed, cognitive-perceptual distortions such as transient hallucinatory, delusional and dissociative experiences during adolescence can, in some instances, be followed by adult onset of the disorder (Poulton et al., 2000, Dhossche et al., 2002 and Dominguez et al., 2011). Importantly, these early cognitive-perceptual distortions, referred to as positive schizotypy (Dinn et al., 2002, Kerns, 2005 and Debbané et al., 2009), can also be accompanied by social withdrawal, and together augment the risk of transitioning to clinical states commanding need for care (Miller et al., 2002). In this perspective, the cognitive processes sustaining reflective thinking about self and others during adolescence, even in those individuals that will not develop full-blown psychotic disorders, may provide critical information on the development of normative or clinical states of psychotic experiences. Research on adolescent development has more recently involved structural and functional neuroimaging investigations (sMRI and fMRI), which are starting to uncover the profound cerebral modifications that characterize adolescent brain maturation (Fair et al., 2007, Shaw et al., 2008 and Supekar et al., 2010). These studies have lead clinical neuroscientists to ask whether psychopathological conditions that typically arise during adulthood might be linked to atypical maturation during adolescent growth (Paus et al., 2008). Following this question, neuroimaging research involving “at-risk” youth samples seek to identify neuronal patterns signaling increased risk for severe adult psychopathology (Rotarska-Jagiela et al., 2010 and Schneider et al., 2012). With regards to non-clinical positive schizotypy during adolescence, a few studies suggest that early schizotypic expression is associated with characteristic neural signature during task-free (Lagioia et al., 2010) as well as task-engaged states (Lagioia et al., 2011). In a sample of 33 adolescents, Lagioia et al. (2011) specifically investigated self-reflectivity in a source monitoring task, by asking participants to recollect the origin of previously studied word items amongst self- versus experimenter-generated items. In contrast to a context discrimination condition, origin discrimination recruited the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC), and more specifically the activation of BA 10 during origin trials. Importantly, self-report ratings of positive schizotypy in this adolescent group were found to correlate with diminished BA 10 activation during origin discrimination. These results are among the first to bridge non-clinical and clinical expression of positive schizotypy in youth, as atypical activation of the mPFC and other cortical midline structures (CMS) such as the anterior cingulate (ACC), the superior frontal gyrus (SFG) and the posterior cingulate (PCC) cortices during self-reflective activity is also reported in subjects in the prodromal (Shim et al., 2010), first episode (Alonso-Solis et al., 2012) and chronic stages of schizophrenia (for a review, see (Nelson et al., 2009)). Together, this nascent body of literature suggests that self-reflective processes recruit neural areas often found to show atypical activation patterns in non-clinical to clinical states of the schizophrenic spectrum disease. Such patterns of activation should be studied as early as adolescence, where self-reflective processes are thought to consolidate in parallel to neuronal maturation (Pfeifer and Blakemore, 2012). Adolescent neuronal maturation, much like adolescent schizotypy expression, exhibits important gender differences (Shaw et al., 2008 and Raznahan et al., 2011). Both gray and white matter growth pattern differences between adolescent girls and boys may ultimately lead to differential developmental trajectories towards the equifinal outcome of interest (Cicchetti and Rogosch, 2002), here schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Interestingly, the expression of schizotypy during adolescence also yields gender differences, with females generally expressing more important positive schizotypic features (Fonseca-Pedrero et al., 2008). To date however, it remains unclear whether gender differences can be observed in neural correlates of adolescent self-reflective processes, and whether putative differences might be related to schizotypy expression. In this context, the present fMRI investigation sought to characterize the potential relationships linking neural correlates sustaining adolescent self-reflective processes and adolescent positive schizotypy. To this end, we employed a well-known trait attribution fMRI paradigm, which recruits cerebral activity along the cortical midline structures (Murray et al., 2012). As reviewed above, atypical cortical midline activity has been conceptualized as the neural signature of anomalous self-reflective processing in schizophrenia (Nelson et al., 2009 and van der Meer et al., 2010). In continuation with this line of research, we hypothesized that atypical cortical midline activity during a self-reflective task be associated to adolescent positive schizotypy expression. We further investigated gender differences in the neural correlates of self-reflective processes. Finally, we tested for gender-specific patterns of association between positive schizotypy and atypical neural activation during self and other trait attribution.