Schizophrenia

Did you know that schizophrenia affects more than 1 percent of the world's population?

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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.

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Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D., Stanford University, brain research expert and inventor of optogenetics
Karl Deisseroth, M.D., Ph.D.
June 14, 2013
  Rewards can be powerful teachers, but it is actually the surprising moments—when an anticipated reward does not come, or when one arrives unexpectedly—that...
Melissa R. Warden, Ph.D., of Stanford University, expert on schizophrenia
Melissa R. Warden, Ph.D.
June 10, 2013
A team of neuroscientists, including NARSAD Young Investigator Grantee Melissa R. Warden, Ph.D., of Stanford University, devised new analytical methods to...
Dorit Ben-Shachar, Ph.D., D.Sc., of Technion Israel Institute of Technology (TIIT), expert on schizophrenia research
Dorit Ben-Shachar, Ph.D., D.Sc.
June 07, 2013
Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Grantee Dorit Ben-Shachar, D.Sc., of the Rambam Health Care Campus and the Technion Israel Institute of...
Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D., University of Iowa, Expert on Schizophrenia
Nancy Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.
June 06, 2013
Substantial evidence suggests that patients with schizophrenia have, on average, smaller volumes in several brain areas such as the frontal lobes, and that...
Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D., Expert on schizophrenia
Lin Mei, M.D., Ph.D.
May 30, 2013
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...

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