SciNaPPS Seminar: Self, Non-Self and Schizophrenia

12 October 2012

SciNaPPS - Science, Neurology, and Psychiatry/Psychology Seminars - presents this free seminar on Self, Non-Self and Schizophrenia

Presented by Dr Thomas Whitford
School of Psychology, UNSW

ABSTRACT: Self-generated sensations typically feel less salient than externally-generated sensations, with tickling as a well-known example. An abnormality in this process of sensory self-suppression has been argued to underlie some of the most bizarre yet characteristic symptoms of schizophrenia, in which patients misattribute self-generated actions to external agents. The talk will start with a review of the evidence for sensory self- suppression from the animal and human literature. I will also present electrophysiological and Diffusion-Tensor Imaging data suggesting that schizophrenia patients may show conduction delays in the neural signals ("corollary discharges") that are normally involved in distinguishing between self-generated and externally-generated sensations.

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Location: Level 5 Lecture Theatre, 94 Mallet St, Camperdown.

Cost: Free

Contact: Wayne Reid

Phone: (02) 9114 4006

Email: 2e10173752762b2d0e036b3810295a1d1d4a3f29317b0413

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