Thursday, February 28, 2013

Eye movements reveal impaired reading in schizophrenia

Eye movements reveal impaired reading in schizophrenia

....A study of eye movements in schizophrenia patients provides new evidence of impaired reading fluency in individuals with the mental illness.
The findings, by researchers at McGill University in Montreal, could open avenues to earlier detection and intervention for people with the illness.
While schizophrenia patients are known to have abnormalities in language and in eye movements, until recently reading ability was believed to be unaffected. That is because most previous studies examined reading in schizophrenia using single-word reading tests, the McGill researchers conclude. Such tests aren’t sensitive to problems in reading fluency, which is affected by the context in which words appear and by eye movements that shift attention from one word to the next......


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