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Generation of mismatch negativity in a sample of treatment-resistant schizophrenia patients

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Generation of mismatch negativity in a sample of treatment-resistant schizophrenia patients

Milovan, Denise L (1998) Generation of mismatch negativity in a sample of treatment-resistant schizophrenia patients. Masters thesis, Concordia University.

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Mismatch negativity (MMN) was recorded in thirteen treatment-resistant schizophrenic patients and age- and gender-matched fourteen healthy controls. The MMN was obtained by subtracting the standard from the deviant event-related potential (ERP) brain wave. Subjects responded to infrequent visual stimulation while ignoring binaurally presented auditory input. The patient population showed a larger frequency-MMN amplitude than the normal controls. Separate analyses of the standard and deviant waveforms revealed the expected reduction in the amplitude of the MMN from frontal to central and parietal locations in the control group. In contrast, treatment-resistant patients had the largest MMN amplitudes recorded at the central-posterior electrode location. Although no cerebral lateralization was noted, the patient group displayed larger negativities at the left and right temporal sites, and at the left frontal scalp location than the normal subjects. Behavioral and ERP measures of performance to task-relevant stimuli yielded no group differences for reaction time, or P300 amplitude. The percentage of correct responses was excellent for all subjects, but controls were more accurate.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Psychology
Item Type:Thesis (Masters)
Authors:Milovan, Denise L
Pagination:ix, 115 leaves ; 29 cm.
Institution:Concordia University
Degree Name:Theses (M.A.)
Program:Dept. of Psychology
Date:1998
Thesis Supervisor(s):Baribeau, Jacinthe
ID Code:428
Deposited By:Concordia University Libraries
Deposited On:27 Aug 2009 13:11
Last Modified:08 Dec 2010 10:14
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