Justifiable reasons for everyone: Dialogical reasoning in patients with schizophrenia

Patients with schizophrenia are known to have difficulties in reasoning, but previous work has not looked at how such deficits manifest in face-to-face interactions. Using a unique corpus of triadic interactions discussing a moral dilemma, half of which involve a patient with schizophrenia, we show that patients are more likely than their interlocutors and control groups to provide arguments which reject the constraints of the task. Patients are also more likely to be consistent in their reasoning across a dialogue than their interlocutors or controls. Our results suggest that patients do not have impaired reasoning abilities but rather reason on the basis of a different view of the task than non-patients.
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In Proceedings
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Proceedings of the 25th Workshop on the Semantics and Pragmatics of Dialogue
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