The contributions of adult attachment and schizotypy to working memory.



Goodall, Karen and Darling, Stephen and Myles, J and Hutt, A The contributions of adult attachment and schizotypy to working memory. In: 12th European Congress of Psychology, 5-8 July 2011, Istanbul, Turkey. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Schizotypy comprises a suite of personality traits that are similar to symptoms of schizophrenia but often in a diminished form. Cognitive and interpersonal deficits are a known feature of schizotypy hence this study investigated the role of attachment and memoryin relation to levels of schizoptypy in a normal population. Working memory deficits have been demonstrated in individuals with schizotypal personality disorder. This study used a cross-sectional within-subjects design to examine the interrelationship between attachment, schizotypy and memory. 100 participants (age range 19-54) completed the Experiences in Close Relationships-Revised (ECR-R) Questionnaire (Fraley, Waller & Brennan, 2000), the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire (SPQ-A) (Raine,1991) and a battery of memory tasks, measuring visuo-spatial and verbal working memory. Standard multiple regression found that avoidant attachment and visuo-spatial working memory to be independent predictors of schizotypy. Implications of the study for cognitive and interpersonal functioning in schizotypy will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management > Psychology and Sociology
Date Deposited: 19 Aug 2011 13:14
Last Modified: 19 Aug 2011 13:14
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2481

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