Computerized Training Restores Neural Activity, Social Function in Schizophrenia


After cognitive training with computers, schizophrenia patients in this study by researchers at the San Francisco Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the University of California showed improved activation in the medial prefrontal cortex that corresponded with improved reality monitoring and, in the long-term, better social functioning. The results were published in the February 23, 2012 issue of Neuron.
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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].