Schizophrenia Research and Treatment

Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Communication

Publishing date
15 May 2012
Submission deadline
15 Nov 2011

1Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

2Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boylston Street, Boston, MA, USA

3Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, 3811 O'Hara Street, Pittsburg, PA 15213, USA

4Forschungsbereich Bildgebung, Klinik für Psychiatrie und Psychotherapie, Universitätsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf, Haus W37, Martinistraße 52, 20246 Hamburg, Germany

Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Communication


Schizophrenia is a devastating disease with severe consequences for its sufferers' ability to function independently in society. It is characterized by hallucinations, delusions, language dysfunction, and compromised social skills that together contribute to serious difficulties in communicating with others. While it is distinctly different from such communication disorders as autism, it can be described as a disorder of communication, where effective tools of communication such as linguistic and social skills are compromised. Schizophrenia patients are known to experience two broad classes of communication difficulties: problems in conveying meaning to others (expressive language) and disturbances in understanding the messages of others (receptive language). At the same time, recent research on neural underpinnings of schizophrenia points not only to abnormalities in specific brain regions, but importantly, to abnormal communication between, and within, brain regions, such that in some theoretic conceptualizations, schizophrenia is described as a “disconnection” syndrome. Full understanding of communication difficulties in schizophrenia is lacking both at the level of observable behavior as well as at the level of neural mechanisms that underlie these abnormalities. The “disconnection” within and between brain regions both in terms of anatomical and functional connections is also still poorly understood.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that address the issue of disordered communication in schizophrenia and its underlying causes and inform current thinking on this subject. We are interested in papers using a variety of techniques including behavioral, but especially functional, imaging methodology: ERP, EEG, fMRI, and DTI approaches. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Abnormalities in semantic memory in schizophrenia
  • Abnormalities in language processing including semantic and syntactic abnormalities in schizophrenia
  • Abnormalities in affect processing from face and voice cues
  • Advances in characterizing white matter abnormalities in schizophrenia
  • Advances in delineating gamma-range abnormalities in schizophrenia
  • Techniques and findings related to functional connectivity in schizophrenia

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  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2013
  • - Article ID 952034
  • - Editorial

Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Communication

Margaret A. Niznikiewicz | Marek Kubicki | ... | Ruth Condray
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 825050
  • - Clinical Study

High Order Linguistic Features Such as Ambiguity Processing as Relevant Diagnostic Markers for Schizophrenia

Daniel Ketteler | Anastasia Theodoridou | ... | Matthias Jäger
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 431823
  • - Clinical Study

From Semantics to Feelings: How Do Individuals with Schizophrenia Rate the Emotional Valence of Words?

Ana P. Pinheiro | Robert W. McCarley | ... | Margaret Niznikiewicz
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 920485
  • - Review Article

Schizophrenia as a Disorder of Social Communication

Cynthia Gayle Wible
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 176290
  • - Research Article

Faulty Suppression of Irrelevant Material in Patients with Thought Disorder Linked to Attenuated Frontotemporal Activation

S. M. Arcuri | M. R. Broome | ... | P. K. McGuire
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 484502
  • - Review Article

Cognitive Control and Discourse Comprehension in Schizophrenia

Megan A. Boudewyn | Cameron S. Carter | Tamara Y. Swaab
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2012
  • - Article ID 867424
  • - Clinical Study

Stability of Facial Affective Expressions in Schizophrenia

H. Fatouros-Bergman | J. Spang | ... | A. Werbart
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