Visual masking & schizophrenia


Visual masking is a frequently used tool in schizophrenia research. Visual masking has a very high sensitivity and specificity and masking paradigms have been proven to be endophenotypes. Whereas masking is a powerful technique to study schizophrenia, the underlying mechanisms are discussed controversially. For example, for more than 25 years, masking deficits of schizophrenia patients were mainly attributed to a deficient magno-cellular system (M-system). Here, we show that there is very little evidence that masking deficits are magno-cellular deficits. We will discuss the magno-cellular and other approaches in detail and highlight their pros and cons.

DOI: 10.1016/j.scog.2015.04.001

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@inproceedings{Herzog2015VisualM, title={Visual masking & schizophrenia}, author={Michael H. Herzog and Andreas Brand}, booktitle={Schizophrenia Research: Cognition}, year={2015} }