Aberrant semantic and affective processing in people at risk for psychosis

John G. Kerns, Howard Berenbaum

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Semantic and affective processing were examined in people at risk for psychosis. The participants were 3 groups of college students: 41 people with elevated Perceptual Aberration and Magical Ideation (PerMag) scores, 18 people with elevated Social Anhedonia (SocAnh) scores, and 100 control participants. Participants completed a single-word, continuous presentation pronunciation task that included semantically related words, affectively valenced words, and semantically unrelated and affectively neutral words. PerMag participants exhibited increased semantic priming and increased sensitivity to affectively valenced primes. SocAnh participants had increased sensitivity to affectively valenced targets.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)728-732
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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