Increased blink rate in drug-naive acute schizophrenic patients

@article{Mackert1990IncreasedBR,
  title={Increased blink rate in drug-naive acute schizophrenic patients},
  author={Arthur Mackert and Charles Woyth and Klaus-Malte Flechtner and Hans-Peter Volz},
  journal={Biological Psychiatry},
  year={1990},
  volume={27},
  pages={1197-1202}
}
Eye blinks were investigated during a standardized visuomotor task in 15 drug-naive schizophrenic inpatients (8 men and 7 women) and 15 age- and gender-matched healthy volunteers. Whereas the schizophrenics demonstrated the same precision as normal controls in executing the visuomotor task, their mean blink rate was markedly increased (16.2 +/- 10.8 versus 9.3 +/- 6.4, p less than 0.05). Following neuroleptic treatment, the blink rate decreased, and was no longer statistically distinct from… CONTINUE READING

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