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Mentalizing under influence : Abnormal dependence on prior expectations in patients with schizophrenia

Schizophrenia is a mental illness that deeply disrupts social relations. Recent studies have shown that patients exhibit a deficit in attibuting intentions to others. One of the reasons of this difficulty has been revealed by Chlöé Farrer (Centre de recherche Cerveau et Cognition, Toulouse) and researchers from the Centre de Neuroscience Cognitive in Lyon. They showed that schizophrenic patients used inappropriately past experience to understand others’ intentions. These results are published in the online version of Brain : Chambon, V., E. Pacherie, G. Barbalat, P. Jacquet, N. Franck and C. Farrer (in press). "Mentalizing under influence : Abnormal dependence on prior expectations in patients with schizophrenia."

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Mise à jour 22/12/2011