Evaluation of latent inhibition and learned irrelevance as assays of attentional abnormalities in schizotypy
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The claim that the positive symptoms of schizophrenia are associated with attentional abnormalities was investigated by using naturally occurring individual differences in schizotypic characteristics in a normal population of undergraduate students. Attention was measured using a variety of novel procedures that assessed latent inhibition (Chapters 2 and 3), learned irrelevance (Chapters 4 and 5) and stimulus detection (Chapter 6). The results provide restricted support for the claim that attentional processes are aberrant in groups of participants with high schizotypy scores (in particular high levels of unusual experiences on the Oxford-Liverpool Inventory of Feelings and Experiences).