SCHIZOPHRENIA, SENSORY DEPRIVATION, AND SENSORY OVERLOAD


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Abstract

In comparison to general psychiatric patients and normal controls, chronic schizophrenics displayed greater reactivity to conditions of sensory deprivation and sensory overload. Overall, their performance conformed to an inverted-U-shaped function of arousal whereby deviations in sensory input, above or below a rather narrow range, produced increased regulatory behavior designed to restore sensory homeostasis.

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