What is cognitive remediation for schizophrenia?

Updated: Mar 16, 2018
  • Author: Frances R Frankenburg, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Cognitive impairment, a core feature of schizophrenia, is less dramatic than other symptoms of the disease (eg, hallucinations and delusions) but interferes with work, social relationships, and independent living. Cognitive impairment is not improved by medication.

Cognitive remediation is a treatment modality derived from principles of neuropsychological rehabilitation and is based, in part, on the ideas that the brain has some plasticity and that brain exercises can encourage neurons to grow and can develop the neurocircuitry underlying many mental activities.


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