Cognitive Remediation for Early Psychosis: Neural and Behavioural Changes

Poster B93, Friday, October 21, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Le Baron

Christopher Bowie1, Michael Best1, Michael Grossman1; 1Queen's University

In recent years, the study of cognition in early psychosis has graduated from description to treatment. As research continues to explore optimal methods to improve cognitive functioning, efforts have also grown to ensure that gains result in improved daily functions. The result has been the refinement of cognitive enhancing efforts that provide a full behaviour therapy experience. Indeed, emerging evidence suggests that independent cognitive training on computers results in large gains in certain cognitive skills, and even neurobiological changes, but gains in everyday functioning occur only when these treatments are paired with support from therapists and an active behavioural skill training. This presentation aims to present a clear picture of the variety of cognitive enhancing techniques, ranging from passive computerized training to full psychotherapeutic intervention. Original data demonstrating changes in neural functioning and everyday outcomes will be presented. Challenges and successes in moving cognitive remediation from the laboratory to the clinic to the community will be presented with a focus on the next stages necessary to disseminate this evidence based practice into early psychosis clinics. 

Topic Area: Psychosocial Interventions

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