Perceptual organization and schizotypy: a window into the mechanisms of schizophrenia?

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Anomalies in perceptual organization abilities are well-documented in schizophrenia spectrum disorders and schizotypy - a complex set of personality traits conveying increased risk for psychosis. However, the specific mechanisms underlying previous measures of perceptual organization are unclear. We examined the efficacy of both global and local processing of visual stimuli, in young adults high in schizotypy traits. The studies provide fundamental insights into the specific aspects of perceptual organization that are impaired, and intact, in schizotypy. The novel set of tasks employed in this thesis can facilitate understanding of the development of perceptual anomalies across the schizophrenia spectrum.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Dickinson, Edwin, Supervisor
  • Badcock, Jo, Supervisor
  • Badcock, David, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date26 Jun 2019
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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