School of Psychological Science

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Kirsten Panton


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Feb 2014

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Kirsten Panton


Perceptual organization and schizotypy: A window into the mechanisms of schizophrenia?


My research is looking at individual differences in the way that people process shapes. Perceptual organisation refers to the processes involved in structuring visual information into coherent patterns. Impairments in perceptual organisation have commonly been reported in individuals with schizophrenia and in healthy individuals with schizotypal personality traits. Schizotypy represents a set of stable personality traits which share similarities with schizophrenia symptomatology, and are a useful index of psychosis risk. The study of schizotypy can give us insight into the developmental trajectory of psychosis, considering most individuals with schizotypy traits will not progress to schizophrenia. The aim of this project is to get a better understanding of the relationship between perceptual organisation and normal variations in schizotypal personality traits in healthy young adults

Why my research is important

Having a better understanding of perceptual impairments and/or advantages will help us to better appreciate the risk and protective factors that lead to the development of schizophrenia


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