Journal Article

The Mere Exposure Effect in Patients with Schizophrenia

Ariane Marie, John D.E. Gabrieli, Chandan Vaidya, Bonny Brown, Felicia Pratto, R.B. Zajonc and Richard J. Shaw

in Schizophrenia Bulletin

Published on behalf of Maryland Psychiatric Research Center

Volume 27, issue 2, pages 297-303
Published in print January 2001 | ISSN: 0586-7614
Published online January 2001 | e-ISSN: 1745-1701 | DOI:
The Mere Exposure Effect in Patients with Schizophrenia

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The mere exposure effect refers to the development of an emotional preference for previously unfamiliar material because of frequent exposure to that material. This study compared schizophrenia subjects (n = 20) to normal controls (n = 21) to determine whether implicit memory, as demonstrated by the mere exposure effect, was intact. Patients with schizophrenia demonstrated a normal preference for both verbal and visual materials seen earlier relative to novel materials, despite impaired performance on a recognition task for explicit memory using similar materials. Previous studies of schizophrenia subjects have shown a dissociation between implicit and explicit memory on verbal tasks. We found a similar dissociation demonstrated by normal functioning on an implicit memory task and impaired functioning on an explicit memory task. Potential implications of these findings are discussed with regard to treatment and rehabilitation.

Keywords: Schizophrenia; mere exposure effect; implicit memory; explicit memory

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Subjects: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

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