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Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population? See NARSAD Grants at work on the latest schizophrenia research
Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic, and generally disabling brain and behavior disorder. It is most accurately described as a psychosis - a type of illness that causes severe mental disturbances that disrupt normal thoughts, speech, and behavior. Schizophrenia is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Positive symptoms may include delusions, thought disorders, and hallucinations. People with schizophrenia may hear voices other people don't hear, or believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. Negative symptoms may include avolition (a lack of desire or motivation to accomplish goals), lack of desire to form social relationships, and blunted affect and emotion. Cognitive symptoms involve problems with attention and memory, especially in planning and organization to achieve a goal. Cognitive deficits are the most disabling for patients trying to lead a normal life.
Visit the Schizophrenia Research Forum, fully sponsored by the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation—a virtual community of scientists collaborating in their quest for causes, improved treatments, and better understanding of schizophrenia.
A team of neuroscientists, including NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Melissa R. Warden, Ph.D., of Stanford University, devised new analytical methods to decode neuronal interactions in complex cognitive tasks. Their...
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee Dorit Ben-Shachar, D.Sc., of the Rambam Health Care Campus and the Technion Israel Institute of Technology (TIIT) in Haifa and team reprogrammed human hair follicle...
Substantial evidence suggests that patients with schizophrenia have, on average, smaller volumes in several brain areas such as the frontal lobes, and that these changes progress with time. A new neuroimaging study by...
A new study by Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantees Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D., Dong-Min Yin, Ph.D., and Graham Bean, Ph.D., of the Medical College of Georgia and their colleagues found that when they...