Trust in Psychosis

Researchers in Amsterdam used an interactive trust game to explore trust and reciprocity in psychosis, finding that patients with psychosis and their relatives exhibited a lower baseline level of trust than controls. The ability to respond flexibly in response to social cues, they found, determine the success of social relationships and a lack thereof, they hypothesize, drives social dysfunction and the progression to psychosis. The results are published in this month’s Brain.
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