Psychological Medicine

Original Articles

Performance of long-stay schizophrenics on matched verbal and visuospatial recall tasks

Avraham Caleva1 c1, Sanda Edelista1, Sol Kugelmassa1 and Bernard Lerera1

a1 Jerusalem Mental Health Center, Ezrath-Nashim Hospital, Jerusalem and Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, Hebrew University of Jerusalem


A verbal and a visuospatial recall task were compared for discriminating power, using the matched-tasks methodology. These tasks were administered to long-hospitalized schizophrenics. No evidence of a differential deficit, that is, better recall of either the verbal or the visuospatial materials, emerged in the patients. The results replicate a former finding showing no difference between verbal and visuospatial recall in schizophrenics, using memory tasks which were less sensitive as left- and right-hemisphere measures and a non-verbal task less affected by verbal mediation. This replication questions the assumption that the hemispheric differences observed in schizophrenics affect such memory tasks.


c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Avraham Calev, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Health Sciences Center, State University of New York at Stony Brook, Stony Brook, New York 11794–8101, USA.