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Cognitive remediation

What is cognitive remediation?

Cognitive remediation (with or without computers) uses repetitive exercises to improve cognitive deficits that are often experienced by people with schizophrenia. Cognitive deficits may include problems with attention, memory, reasoning, problem solving, and social functioning.

What is the evidence for cognitive remediation?

Moderate to high quality evidence suggests a medium-sized benefit of cognitive remediation for improving attention, memory, executive functioning, processing speed, social cognition and social functioning. There may also be a small benefit for improving the overall symptoms of schizophrenia. Moderate to low quality evidence suggests similar levels of effectiveness for both short and long durations of cognitive remediation training. Strategy learning that focuses on providing alternative strategies to compensate for the difficulties with cognition may be more generally effective than rehearsal learning. Environmental changes that reduce cognitive demands on people with schizophrenia may also improve symptoms and motivation levels.

Also see Signs and Symptoms cognition topics.

May 2016

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