Schizotypy and impaired basic face recognition? Another non-confirmatory study

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Abstract

Aim:

Although schizotypy has been found to be reliably associated with a reduced recognition of facial affect, the few studies that have tested the association between basic face recognition abilities and schizotypy have found mixed results. This study formally tested the association in a large non-clinical sample with established neurological measures of face recognition.

Methods:

Two hundred and twenty-seven participants completed the Oxford–Liverpool Inventory of Feelings and Experiences schizotypy scale and completed the Famous Faces Test and the Cardiff Repeated Recognition Test for Faces.

Results:

No association between any schizotypal dimension and performance on either of the facial recognition and learning tests was found. The null results can be accepted with a high degree of confidence.

Conclusions:

Further additional evidence is provided for a lack of association between schizotypy and basic face recognition deficits.

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