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Schizotypy and awareness of intention: Variability of W judgments predicts schizotypy scores.

Moore, James W. and Bravin, James. 2015. Schizotypy and awareness of intention: Variability of W judgments predicts schizotypy scores. Psychology of Consciousness: Theory, Research, and Practice, 2(3), pp. 283-290. ISSN 2326-5523 [Article]

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Abstract
Patients with schizophrenia often have unusual experiences of action. For example, patients suffering from delusions of control feel that their voluntary actions are under the control of an external force. It has been argued that deficits in self-monitoring are responsible for these symptoms. However, to-date the self-monitoring of intention has been overlooked in studies on schizophrenia. Here we aim to address this oversight. We carried out a preliminary investigation of possible intention monitoring issues in schizophrenia by examining the relation between the awareness of intention and schizotypy in a healthy population. Using the Libet clock task we found that the variability of intention (or W) judgments was uniquely predictive of schizotypy: the more variable these judgments the higher the schizotypy score. We discuss the relevance of the findings for schizophrenic illness. We also discuss the utility of this intention variability measure for examining volitional disturbances more generally.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1037/cns0000035

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'This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.'

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
September 2015Published

Item ID:

17214

Date Deposited:

17 Mar 2016 15:04

Last Modified:

04 Jul 2017 10:13

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/17214

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