Variability in Schizophrenia

Irving A. Taylor, David Rosenthal, Solomon Snyder

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In light of the multitude of studies depict ing excessive variability in schizophrenic experimental task performance, 42 schizo phrenic and 37 normal subjects were required to vary their performance between 2 widely separated points of a size continuum. The experimental task involved drawing Big and Little stick men and trees. The Big/Little ratio was computed for each subject as an index of variability as defined for this ex perimental task. The schizophrenic group ex hibited significantly smaller ratios; hence, less variability of performance than the control group. Significance of the results and their relation to studies of perceptual closure in the same subjects are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)163-168
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of general psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1963
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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