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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274

Abstract

GONZALEZ PANDO, David; BELTRAN GARCIA, Palma  and  MARTINEZ SUAREZ, Pedro Carlos. Exploring learning potential in schizophrenic inpatients in different psychopathological conditions. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2016, vol.27, n.2, pp.81-88. ISSN 2174-0550.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.clysa.2016.04.003.

The aim of this paper is to explore empirically the learning potential of people with schizophrenia in opposite conditions of psychopathological stability. For this purpose, a general procedure of conditional discrimination learning was introduced by conducting a study on the formation of equivalence classes. The sample consisted of 8 inpatient adults included in the program of Severe Mental Disorders, aged between 20 and 53 years. Because of dropouts, the initial procedure was modified in order to reduce the duration and attentional effort of the task. The results showed that people with schizophrenia can acquire stimulus equivalence with standard procedure both in terms of stability and psychopathological decompensation, in the presence of strong positive symptoms. This finding is relevant both for therapy, conceived in terms of learning, and for designing programs in the context of rehabilitation and recovery in schizophrenia.

Keywords : Schizophrenia; Learning; Conditional discriminations; Equivalence classes.

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