Speech and hand movement coordination in schizophrenia

  • Lavelle, Mary
  • Howes, Christine
  • Healey, Patrick G. T.
  • McCabe, Rose
Patients with schizophrenia have difficulties interacting with others, but the nature of this deficit is unclear. A critical feature of successful social interaction is coordination between speech and movement. The current study employed 3-D motion capture techniques to assess coordination between patients’ hand movements and speech during live interaction. Compared to controls, patients displayed reduced coordination between their own speech and hand movement. Healthy participants interacting with the patient also appear to adopt this pattern but to a lesser extent. Patients’ coordination deficits may underlie their social difficulties and contribute to their social exclusion.
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In Proceedings
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Proceedings of the TiGeR Tilberg gesture research meeting
Tilburg, The Netherlands
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