Sound improves diminished visual temporal sensitivity in schizophrenia

L. de Boer-Schellekens, J.J. Stekelenburg, J.P. Maes, A.R. van Gool, J. Vroomen

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Visual temporal processing and multisensory integration (MSI) of sound and vision were examined in individuals with schizophrenia using a visual temporal order judgment (TOJ) task. Compared to a non-psychiatric control group, persons with schizophrenia were less sensitive judging the temporal order of two successively presented visual stimuli. However, their sensitivity to visual temporal order improved as in the control group when two accessory sounds were added (temporal ventriloquism). These findings indicate that individuals with schizophrenia have diminished sensitivity to visual temporal order, but no deficits in the integration of low-level auditory and visual information.
Keywords: Schizophrenia, Visual temporal sensitivity, Multisensory integration, Temporal ventriloquism
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)136-142
JournalActa Psychologica
Publication statusPublished - 2014


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