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A longitudinal analysis of eye tracking dysfunction and attention in recent-onset schizophrenia

  • Cindy M. Yee (a1), Keith H. Nuechterlein (a2) and Michael E. Dawson (a1)
    • Published online by Cambridge University Press: 01 July 1998


The effect of an attentional manipulation on eye tracking dysfunction (ETD) in the early stages of schizophrenia was examined in 34 recent-onset schizophrenic patients and 24 demographically matched normal subjects over a 1-year period. An attentional enhancement manipulation improved eye tracking performance of recent-onset schizophrenic patients more than that of normal subjects. Eye tracking level also was moderately stable for both groups over the course of 1 year. The possible role of attentional allocation in ETD highlights the need for further examination of the interface between attentional and eye tracking measures of vulnerability to schizophrenia.



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Address reprint requests to: Cindy M. Yee-Bradbury, Department of Psychology, University of California, 405 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1563, USA. E-mail:




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