Cognitive impairments associated with formal thought disorder in people with schizophrenia

John G. Kerns, Howard Berenbaum

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Formal thought disorder (FTD), or disorganized speech, is one of the central signs of schizophrenia. Despite extensive research, the cognitive processes associated with FTD are still unclear. However, the authors' review of FTD theories and research indicates that considerable progress has been made in identifying possible cognitive impairments associated with FTD. Specifically, FTD is strongly associated with impaired executive functioning and with impaired processing of semantic information. Their review indicates that previous research has not yet supported an association between FTD and either an increase in spreading activation or an impairment within the language production system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)211-224
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of abnormal psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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