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Some with schizophrenia have similar brain function to healthy people

Some with schizophrenia have similar brain function to healthy people

Health
Jan. 4 (UPI) -- The brains of healthy people may be similar to those of people with schizophrenia, a study says. A study of 179 people -- 109 with schizophrenia and 70 without it -- published Friday in the American Journal of Psychiatry shows the brain similaries in MRI scans and facial recognition tests. The findings, which reflect participants with and without the condition, broke participants down into three distinct facial types -- typical, over-activated and de-activated profiles -- helping the researchers determine similarities and differences between each of them. "We think those with over-activated networks may be 'inefficient' in terms of brain activity -- they probably struggled more and needed to work harder to do the same task compared to the other groups," says Dr. Hawco. "Th...
Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'

Avatar therapy 'reduces power of schizophrenia voices'

Science
Media playback is unsupported on your deviceConfronting an avatar on a computer screen helped patients hearing voices to cope better with hallucinations, a UK trial has found.Patients who received this therapy became less distressed and heard voices less often compared with those who had counselling instead.Experts said the therapy could add an important new approach to treating schizophrenia hallucinations.The trial, on 150 people, is published in The Lancet Psychiatry journal.It follows a much smaller pilot study in 2013.Hallucinations are common in people with schizophrenia and can be threatening and insulting.One in four patients continues to experience voices despite being treated with drugs and cognitive behavioural therapy.In this study, run by King's College London and University C...