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What Is It?

Schizophrenia is a psychological condition in which a person may experience hallucinations, delusions, disorganized speech, flat affect, reduced speech, unusual thoughts, poor motor coordination, and cognitive impairment. People with schizophrenia often struggle most with attention, executive functioning, and processing speed. Schizophrenia cannot be cured, but people with schizophrenia often take medications and undergo psychotherapy to help them manage symptoms. With proper treatment, schizophrenia can be managed and individuals can live healthy and happy lives. 

What Can Be Done for Schizophrenia?

Cognitive remediation therapy has been significantly studied in this population. There are many other treatment options available. One of the most popular treatment options is using a clinician trained in the NEAR cognitive remediation therapy (Neuropsychological Educational Approach to Remediation) founded by Dr. Alice Medalia of Columbia University approach. Learn about how the HOPE program at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center conducts its research and treatment for individuals with schizophrenia.


Check out the recent research published using HappyNeuron Pro with Schizophrenia patients:


Franck N, Duboc C, Sundby C, et al. Specific vs general cognitive remediation for executive functioning in schizophrenia: a multicenter randomized trial. Schizophr Res. 2013;147(1):68‐74. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2013.03.009


Pascal Vianin, Sébastien Urben, Pierre Magistretti, Pierre Marquet, Eleonora Fornari, Laure Jaugey. Increased activation in Broca’s area after cognitive remediation in schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Volume 221. Issue 3, 30 March 2014, pp 204-209.



Best MW, Milanovic M, Shamblaw AL, et al. An examination of the moderating effects of neurophysiology on treatment outcomes from cognitive training in schizophrenia-spectrum disorders [published online ahead of print, 2019 Feb 15]. Int J Psychophysiol. 2019;S0167-8760(18)30863-8. doi:10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.02.004


Best MW, Gale D, Tran T, Haque MK, Bowie CR. Brief executive function training for individuals with severe mental illness: Effects on EEG synchronization and executive functioning. Schizophr Res. 2019;203:32‐40. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2017.08.052


Best MW, Milanovic M, Tran T, et al. Motivation and engagement during cognitive training for schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophr Res Cogn. 2019;19:100151. Published 2019 May 23. doi:10.1016/j.scog.2019.100151


Kidd SA, Herman Y, Virdee G, et al. A comparison of compensatory and restorative cognitive interventions in early psychosis. Schizophr Res Cogn. 2019;19:100157. Published 2019 Jul 24. doi:10.1016/j.scog.2019.100157


Balzan RP, Mattiske JK, Delfabbro P, Liu D, Galletly C. Individualized Metacognitive Training (MCT+) Reduces Delusional Symptoms in Psychosis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. Schizophr Bull. 2019;45(1):27‐36. doi:10.1093/schbul/sby152

Cognitive Remediation for Schizophrenia
can Target the Following Cognitive Skills

Executive Function

The ability to enable goal-oriented behavior, cognitive flexibility, and emotional regulation.

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Skill to be able to translate sounds into words and generate verbal output.

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The ability to focus on tasks and details in order to complete and use them.

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The ability to hear, process, blend, segment, and use sounds to shape behavior.

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Processing Speed

Enables you to perform tasks quickly and accurately.

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Visual-Spatial Skills

Ability to process incoming visual stimuli, understand spatial relationships between objects, and visualize images and scenarios.

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Visual Memory

Work on the ability to process, encode, store and retrieve visual information.

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Verbal Memory

The ability to remember something written or spoken that was previously learned.

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Spatial Memory

Enables you to store and retrieve of information needed to plan a route to a desire location.

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