Deficit of supramodal executive control of attention in schizophrenia

Alfredo Spagna, Genxia He, Shengchun Jin, Liling Gao, Melissa Ann Mackie, Yanghua Tian, Kai Wang, Jin Fan*

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Although a deficit in executive control of attention is one of the hallmarks in schizophrenia that has significant impact on everyday functioning due to its relationship with thought processing, whether this deficit occurs across modalities, i.e., is supramodal, remains unclear. To investigate the supramodal mechanism in SZ, we examined cross-modal correlations between visual and auditory executive control of attention in a group of patients with schizophrenia (SZ, n = 55) compared to neurotypical controls (NC, n = 55). While the executive control effects were significantly correlated between the two modalities in the NC group, these effects were not correlated in the SZ group, with a significant group difference in the correlation. Further, the inconsistency and magnitude of the cross-modal executive control effects were significantly larger in the SZ group compared to the NC group. Together, these results suggest that there is a disruption of a common supramodal executive control mechanism in patients with schizophrenia, which may be related to the thought processing disorder characterizing the disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)22-29
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
StatePublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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