Effect of intrinsic motivation on cognitive performance in schizophrenia: A pilot study

  • Fervaha G
  • Agid O
  • Foussias G
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Abstract

The present study therefore set out to examine the impact of motivation to complete cognitive testing on cognitive test performance in patients with schizophrenia. Twelve outpatients with a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia participated in the present study. Twelve outpatients with a DSM-IV diagnosis of schizophrenia participated in the present study. Cognition was assessed using the Measurement and Treatment Research to Improve Cognition in Schizophrenia (MATRICS) Consensus Cognitive Battery (MCCB). The results of the present study demonstrate that level of intrinsic motivation specifically ascribed to cognitive test taking is significantly associated with cognitive test performance, suggesting that cognitive impairments in schizophrenia may partly be secondary to a motivation. Lastly, as the IMI was administered after completion of the cognitive testing, it may be possible that subjective experience during cognitive testing may have partly biased self-reports of intrinsic motivation. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2014 APA, all rights reserved)

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Authors

  • G Fervaha

  • O Agid

  • G Foussias

  • G Remington

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