Dysfunctional activation of the cerebellum in schizophrenia: A functional neuroimaging meta-analysis

Jessica A. Bernard*, Vijay A. Mittal

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The cognitive dysmetria framework postulates that the deficits seen in schizophrenia are due to underlying cerebellothalamo- cortical dysfunction. The cerebellum is thought to be crucial in the formation of internal models for both motor and cognitive behaviors. In healthy individuals there is a functional topography within the cerebellum. Alterations in the functional topography and activation of the cerebellum in schizophrenia patients may be indicative of altered internal models, providing support for this framework. Using state-of-the-art neuroimaging meta-analysis, we investigated cerebellar activation across a variety of task domains affected in schizophrenia and in comparison to healthy controls. Our results indicate an altered functional topography in patients. This was especially apparent for emotion and working memory tasks, and may be related to deficits in these domains. Results suggest that an altered cerebellar functional topography in schizophrenia may be contributing to the many deficits associated with the disease, perhaps because of dysfunctional internal models.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)545-566
Number of pages22
JournalClinical Psychological Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015


  • Cerebellum
  • Cognitive dysmetria
  • Functional neuroimaging
  • Internal models
  • Meta-analysis
  • Schizophrenia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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