The Value of Neurocognitive Assessment for Diagnosis and Treatment in Schizophrenic Spectrum Disorders

  • Guillermo Alfonso
  • Bruno César Franco
  • Mauricio Cervigni
  • Paola Buedo
  • Celina Graciela Korzeniowski
  • Pascual Ángel Gargiulo


The present chapter aims to analyze the contribution and relevance of neurocognitive assessment in diagnosis and treatment design in schizophrenic spectrum disorders (SSD). The observation of cognitive affections was included in the first descriptions associated with schizophrenia. However, its importance has been recently recognized: in the face of neuroscience advances, its value for the prediction of the evolutionary course of the disease has been repeatedly highlighted.

After a brief analysis of the consequences that the current psychiatric nosography has raised for the clinic and the research, a review of the most frequent cognitive alterations in SSD and the corresponding strategies of investigation are proposed, considering its linkages with the behavioral and positive symptoms, personality variables, and social difficulties. The influence of schizophrenia-associated disorders such as substance abuse, anxiety, and depression was also included. Finally, some aspects about the neurocognitive rehabilitation programs are presented. We believe that this chapter could help to orientate new research projects. But also, to encourage the clinical application of functional neuro-evaluation tasks and neuro-rehabilitation protocols.

These measures could promote the constitution of therapeutic offers that, together with pharmacological treatment and psychotherapy, would give the patient an active participation in the improvement of their quality of life.


Schizophrenic spectrum Cognitive deficit Cognitive assessment Neurorehabilitation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Guillermo Alfonso
    • 1
    • 2
  • Bruno César Franco
    • 1
    • 2
  • Mauricio Cervigni
    • 1
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
  • Paola Buedo
    • 6
    • 7
  • Celina Graciela Korzeniowski
    • 8
    • 9
  • Pascual Ángel Gargiulo
    • 10
    • 11
  1. 1.Centro de Investigación en Neurociencias de Rosario [CINR-UNR], Laboratorio de Cognición y Emoción [LabCE] Secretaría de Ciencia y Técnica, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad Nacional de RosarioRosarioArgentina
  2. 2.Neuroscience Research Center of Rosario [CINR-UNR], Cognition and Emotion Lab [LabCE], Science and Technology Secretariat, Psychology SchoolNational University of RosarioRosarioArgentina
  3. 3.Centro Interdisciplinario de Investigaciones en Psicología Matemática y Experimental (CIIPME), Grupo Vinculado (Resolución por parte del Directorio del CONICET Nª 0018/10)Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas (CONICET)Buenos AiresArgentina
  4. 4.Neuroscience Research Center of Rosario [CINR-UNR], Cognition and Emotion Lab [LabCE], Science and Technology Secretariat, Psychology SchoolNational University of RosarioRosarioArgentina
  5. 5.Interdisciplinary Center for Research in Mathematics and Experimental Psychology [CIIPME]National Council of Scientific and Technical Research [CONICET]Buenos AiresArgentina
  6. 6.Instituto de Investigaciones en Ingeniería Eléctrica [IIIE-CONICET], Universidad Nacional del Sur [UNS]Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y TécnicasBahía BlancaArgentina
  7. 7.Electric Engineering Research Institute [IIIE-CONICET]National University of South [UNS]Bahia BlancaArgentina
  8. 8.Instituto de Ciencias Humanas Sociales y Ambientales [INCIHUSA-CONICET], Instituto de Investigaciones, Facultad de PsicologíaUniversidad del AconcaguaMendozaArgentina
  9. 9.Human, Social and Environmental Science Institute of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council [INCIHUSA – CONICET]Technological Scientific Centre [CCT Mendoza- CONICET]MendozaArgentina
  10. 10.Cathedra of Psychopathology, Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences, Catholic University of Argentina,MendozaArgentina
  11. 11.Laboratory of Neurosciences and Experimental Psychology, Area of Pharmacology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medical Sciences, National University of Cuyo, Council of Scientific and Technological Research (CONICET)MendozaArgentina

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