Christopher M Wilk

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BACKGROUND Impairments in working memory have been proposed to underlie a broad range of cognitive deficits seen in schizophrenia. Visual working memory impairments are frequently reported in schizophrenia. Investigations of visual working memory generally assume intact visual information processing, despite evidence of visual perceptual impairments in(More)
BACKGROUND It is controversial whether the cognitive deficit in schizophrenia is better characterized as generalized or as reflecting relatively independent deficits in different cognitive domains. The issue has implications for assessment practice, intervention design, and the exploration of schizophrenia genetics. METHODS We used a specialized(More)
OBJECTIVE The Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status (RBANS) was designed as a cognitive screening test, providing both a total scale score and five specific cognitive ability index scores. This study examined the test-retest stability of the RBANS in individual patients with schizophrenia relative to a healthy comparison group.(More)
Despite much attention in developed countries, little is known about the relationship between mental health problems and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Africa. The objectives of the current study were a) to investigate how people in an African community severely affected by HIV view the mental health effects of the epidemic and b) to use these(More)
Cognitive impairment is well documented in schizophrenia, though some reports have been interpreted to suggest that it is possible to have schizophrenia without neuropsychological impairment. The authors tested this by comparing the neuropsychological profiles of closely matched patients with schizophrenia and healthy comparison participants. Sixty-four(More)
The visual working memory (WM) storage capacity of patients with schizophrenia was investigated using a change detection paradigm. Participants were presented with 2, 3, 4, or 6 colored bars with testing of both single feature (color, orientation) and feature conjunction conditions. Patients performed significantly worse than controls at all set sizes but(More)
We investigated the use of the Family Pictures test from the Wechsler Memory Scale III as a measure of the ability to bind the multiple features of a complex visual scene in a study group of 77 patients with schizophrenia and 44 healthy controls. Patients demonstrated impaired recall of all scene features as well as a reduction in the number of features(More)
We report on a family with co-occurrence of affective disorder and Hailey-Hailey disease in two brothers and the mother. The putative chromosomal locus of Hailey-Hailey disease, which is a rare dominantly inherited dermatosis, may be a promising candidate region for genetic studies in affective disorder.
BACKGROUND Delirium commonly occurs in hospitalized elderly patients, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. Although evidence for treatment of delirium exists, evidence supporting pharmacologic prevention of delirium in high risk patients is limited. OBJECTIVE This review examined whether delirium in at-risk patients can be prevented with(More)
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