Metamemory in Schizophrenia: Monitoring or Control Deficit?

  • Marie Izaute
  • Elisabeth Bacon


Schizophrenia is a common mental disease with a lifetime risk of about 1%. It has been closely linked to a wide range of cognitive deficits. In addition to cognitive deficits, patients with schizophrenia also manifest deficits in awareness of their memory capacity. The study of metamemory permits an experimental approach to metacognition in schizophrenia. Two studies with schizophrenia patients are reported. The first study is on FOK, a metamemory judgment that is expressed at the time of retrieval. The second study examines JOL, which is expressed at the time of learning and allows the studying of the strategic regulation of learning. Thus, the relationship between monitoring and control can be revealed. The findings of the two reported studies showed preservation of the accuracy of prospective metamemory judgments in schizophrenia. The first study demonstrated that the accuracy of FOK, the judgments elicited at the time of retrieval regarding the future recallability of unrecalled items, is preserved in an episodic task. Evidence from the second study indicates that the accuracy of judgments elicited at the time of encoding (i.e., JOLs) is also relatively preserved but the strategic regulation (i.e., control) of study time is impaired in schizophrenia.


Schizophrenia Patient Healthy Participant Confidence Judgment Item Repetition Gamma Correlation 
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The authors wish to thank Jean-Marie Danion for helpful discussions and Anastasia Efklides for her precious remarks and editorial work. The studies reported in this chapter were supported by CNRS, INSERM, the University Hospital of Strasbourg and the Blaise Pascal University of Clermont-Ferrand. The first study was also supported by a grant of the FondaMental Foundation, foundation of scientific cooperation.


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  1. 1.Social and Cognitive Psychology Laboratory (LAPSCO UMR CNRS 6024)Clermont University, Blaise Pascal UniversityClermont-FerrandFrance

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