The goal of this proposal is to determine whether deficits in neural habituation to social stimuli, defined as a decrease in neural activation to repeated faces, are present in youth at imminent risk for developing a psychotic disorder such as schizophrenia. Understanding specific factors underlying social processing deficits may lead to a path-breaking intervention that does not suffer from many of the side effects, costs, and other barriers that characterize treatments that are currently available for this group. Because a significant portion of high-risk youth go on to develop a psychotic disorder in a short period, intervening at this stage may help to improve the clinical course and ultimately prevent the onset of a devastating and prevalent mental illness.
|Effective start/end date||4/1/17 → 3/31/21|
- National Institute of Mental Health (1R21MH110374-01A1)