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Alekseev A.A., Rupchev G.E., Katenko S.V. Impairments of planning in schizophrenia

Full text in Russian: Алексеев А.А., Рупчев Г.Е., Катенко С.В. Нарушения планирования при шизофрении
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia
Mental Health Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Moscow, Russia
Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, Moscow, Russia

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The aim of the study was to identify mechanisms of planning impairment in patients with schizophrenia. 44 subjects with paranoid schizophrenia and 45 healthy subjects were examined using two modifications of the Tower of London Test. The results showed that planning impairments in schizophrenia had complex structure and could involve various components of planning. The basic mechanism of planning impairments in schizophrenia is reduction of efforts in organizing activity. Narrowing (loss) of the orientation stage of activity in the presence of regulation reserves (in the form of intact process of plan construction) occurs. The results were compared with knowledge of clinical manifestations of schizophrenia and representations of planning in psychology.

Keywords: planning, activity regulation, schizophrenia, Tower of London Test


The study was supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research, project 11-06-00089a.

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Received 24 December 2011. Date of publication: 28 June 2012.

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Alekseev Andrey A. Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Psychology, Lomonosov Moscow State University, ul. Mokhovaya, 11, str. 9, 125009 Moscow, Russia
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Rupchev Georgy E. Ph.D., Senior Research Associate, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Research Associate, Mental Health Research Center, Russian Academy of Medical Sciences, Kashirskoe shosse, 34, 115522 Moscow, Russia.
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Katenko Sergey V. Ph.D. in Medical Sciencies, I.M.Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University, ul. Rossolimo 11, str. 9, Moscow, Russia.

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Alekseev A.A., Rupchev G.E., Katenko S.V. Impairments of planning in schizophrenia. Psikhologicheskie Issledovaniya, 2012, Vol. 5, No. 23, p. 9. (in Russian, abstr. in English).

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