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Working Memory Training in Schizophrenia and Healthy Populations

Clinical Neuroscience of Schizophrenia Laboratory, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, Hotchkiss Brain Institute, University of Calgary, Clinical Psychology, 2500 University Drive NW, Calgary, AB T2N 1N4, Canada
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Behav. Sci. 2014, 4(3), 301-319;
Received: 13 June 2014 / Revised: 17 July 2014 / Accepted: 13 August 2014 / Published: 3 September 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Management and Treatment of the Major Mental Disorders)
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Cognitive deficits are consistently demonstrated in individuals with schizophrenia. Cognitive training involves structured exercises prescribed and undertaken with the intention of enhancing cognitive abilities such as attention, memory, and problem solving. Thus, cognitive training represents a potentially promising intervention for enhancing cognitive abilities in schizophrenia. However, cognitive training programs are numerous and heterogeneous, hence, the generalizability of training related outcomes can be challenging to assess. This article will provide a brief overview of current literature on cognitive training and explore how knowledge of working memory training in healthy populations can potentially be applied to enhance cognitive functioning of individuals with schizophrenia. View Full-Text
Keywords: schizophrenia; working memory; cognitive remediation; dual n-back; intelligence schizophrenia; working memory; cognitive remediation; dual n-back; intelligence

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Lawlor-Savage, L.; Goghari, V.M. Working Memory Training in Schizophrenia and Healthy Populations. Behav. Sci. 2014, 4, 301-319.

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