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Auditory sensitivity in psychiatric patients and non-patients: monotic click detection

  • Gerard Bruder (a1), Bonnie Spring (a1), Allan Yozawitz (a1) and Samuel Sutton (a1)


The sensitivity in detecting a click was measured separately for the right and left ear of psychiatric patients and non-patient controls using a three-interval forced-choice staircase procedure. Patients with affective disorders showed reduced right ear sensitivity, while schizophrenic patients did not show reduced sensitivity. Lower sensitivity correlated with higher structured-interview ratings of speech retardation.


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1Address for correspondence: Dr Gerard Bruder, Department of Psychophysiology, New York State Psychiatric Institute, 722 West 168 Street, New York, NY 10032, USA.


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