Cognitive training in schizophrenia

Kristen M. Haut*, Vijay Anand Mittal, Stewart A Shankman, Christine I. Hooker

*Corresponding author for this work

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Cognitive deficits are a prominent symptom in individuals with schizophrenia that have clear neural correlates and have been receiving an increasing focus for developing new interventions due to their impact on social and occupational functioning. While pharmacological interventions have been limited, behavioral interventions like cognitive training have shown more promise. This chapter reviews the history of cognitive training interventions in schizophrenia and the evidence for improved cognition, transfer of improvements to real-world functioning and associated neural changes. In particular, neuroscience-informed, neuroplasticity-based targeted cognitive training has been shown to be an effective treatment for cognitive deficits in schizophrenia and also show promise for prevention and early intervention in individuals at clinical high risk for developing psychosis. Important areas of ongoing research are highlighted, especially with regards to further optimizing treatment in order to most effectively treat the disabling cognitive deficits that impact many individuals with schizophrenia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Science of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Number of pages38
ISBN (Electronic)9780128034583
ISBN (Print)9780128034576
StatePublished - May 31 2017


  • Clinical high risk
  • Cognition
  • Cognitive remediation
  • Cognitive training
  • Emotion recognition
  • Memory
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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