Schizotypy: Implications for Illness and Health

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The central theme of this book presents a challenging and controversial new view of psychosis—that the features of psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia actually lie on a continuum with, and form part of, normal behavior and experience. The dispositional or "schizotypal" traits associated with psychotic disorders, while increasing one's chances for mental illness, also lead to positive outcomes such as enhanced creativity or spiritual experience. Each aspect of this theme is supported by extensive experimental and clinical evidence, questioning the conventional medical wisdom that treats psychotic illness in the narrow context of neurological disease. The result is an authoritative and provocative overview of an important topic in psychological research and clinical practice.

Theoretical background & issues, dyslexia & schizotypy, creativity & schizotypy, cerebral lateralization, etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198523536
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

List of contributors
List of abbreviations
Pt. I Schizotypy: concept and measurement
1 Theoretical background and issues 3
2 Questionnaire measurement 19
3 Measuring paranoia/suspiciousness 38
Pt. II Neurocognitive investigations
4 Investigations of cognitive inhibitory processes in schizotypy and schizophrenia 63
5 Semantic activation and preconscious processing in schizophrenia and schizotypy 80
6 Brain, self, and others: the neuropsychology of social cognition 98
7 Latent inhibition: relevance to the neural substrates of schizophrenia and schizotypy? 124
8 Schizotypy and cerebral lateralization 145
Pt. III Schizotypy in non-psychotic disorder
9 Dyslexia and schizotypy 171
10 Schizotypy and obsessive-compulsive disorder 202
Pt. IV Schizotypy in healthy subjects
11 Benign schizotypy? The case of spiritual experience 227
12 Hallucinations and arousability: pointers to a theory of psychosis 251
13 Creativity and schizotypy 274
Pt. V Conclusions
14 Final remarks and future directions 301
App. I STQ items and normative data 317
App. II The Oxford-Liverpool Inventory of Feelings and Experiences (O-LIFE) 321
App. III The Paranoia/Suspiciousness Scale (PSQ) 325
Author index 327
Subject index 336
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