What is it about?

In situations where they are faced with more information than they are able to remember, do individuals with schizophrenia show deficits at prioritizing the information that is most important? In this study, patients with schizophrenia were shown to remember less information than healthy participants, and the information they did remember was not the most valuable.

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Why is it important?

As people with schizophrenia often struggle with memory problems, they may be able to maximize their memory by learning to prioritize the most important information. Development of this skill could become a part of cognitive training they receive as part of their clinical care.


Memory training is widespread. It is used in clinical rehabilitation after brain injury, in helping older adults stay active and in students managing challenging coursework. This study may lead to the development of interventions that are not just focussed on strengthening memory but helping people focus on remembering what is important.

Barbara Knowlton
University of California Los Angeles

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This page is a summary of: Value-directed remembering in first-episode schizophrenia., Neuropsychology, June 2022, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/neu0000840.
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