False Memories in Schizophrenia

Steffen Moritz*, Todd S. Woodward, Carrie Cuttler, Jennifer C. Whitman, Jason M. Watson

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In prior studies, it was observed that patients with schizophrenia show abnormally high knowledge corruption (i.e., high-confident errors expressed as a percentage of all high-confident responses were increased for schizophrenic patients relative to controls). The authors examined the conditions under which excessive knowledge corruption occurred using the Deese-Roediger-McDermott paradigm. Whereas knowledge corruption in schizophrenia was significantly greater for false-negative errors relative to controls, no group difference occurred for false-positive errors. The groups showed a comparable high degree of confidence for false-positive recognition of critical lure items. Similar to findings collected in elderly participants, patients, but not controls, showed a strong positive correlation between the number of recognized studied items and false-positive recognition of the critical lure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)276-283
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2004
Externally publishedYes


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