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Volume 22, issue 3

Review article

Cognitive training as a new form of treatment in schizophrenia

Marek Krzystanek1, Paweł Krzywda1, Adam Klasik2, Irena Krupka-Matuszczyk1
1. Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii i Psychoterapii, Śląski Uniwersytet Medyczny w Katowicach
2. Katedra Neuropsychology Instytutu Psychologii Uniwersytetu Opolskiego w Opolu
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2013; 22(3): 193-199
Keywords: cognitive training, neuroplasticity, schizophrenia

Abstract

Objectives. Cognitive training is a new form of therapy of cognitive impairment in schizophrenia and other neurological diseases. The influence of pharmacotherapy on cognitive functioning of patients who suffer from schizophrenia is not satisfactory. This is the main reason why researchers have begun to look for alternative methods which can bring improvement in thatfield.

Review. This article combines a review of current reliable reports on cognitive training and points to its possible benefits.

Conclusions. Authors suggests, that neurocognitive training may be an effective addition to pharmacotherapy of illnesses which cause cognitive impairment e.g. schizophrenia, mild cognitive impairment and multiple sclerosis. Further research is needed to evaluate the guidelines regarding the frequency, length and construction of tests which should be included in cognitive training.

Address for correspondence:
lek. Paweł Krzywda
Oddział Psychiatrii i Psychoterapii, Samodzielny Publiczny Szpital Kliniczny nr 7 Śląskiego Uniwersytetu Medycznego
ul. Ziołowa 45/47,40-635 Katowice
e-mail: krzywda4@gmail.com