The relationship between insight and autobiographical memory for emotional events in schizophrenia

Psychiatry Res. 2015 Mar 30;226(1):392-5. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.12.058. Epub 2015 Jan 14.


The relation of episodic and semantic memory for emotional- (positive, negative) and neutral-valenced autobiographical events to illness insight was examined in individuals with schizophrenia. Reduced recall of episodic details for negative events was significantly associated with impaired awareness of having a past mental disorder and its social consequences. Deficits in episodic memory for negative autobiographical events may underlie impaired insight in schizophrenia.

Keywords: Autobiographical memory; Insight; Schizophrenia.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Awareness
  • Emotions*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Male
  • Memory, Episodic*
  • Mental Recall / physiology*
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Problem Solving
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Schizophrenia / complications
  • Schizophrenic Psychology*