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Thesis - Pacific Access Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)



First Advisor

Esther Cohen

First Committee Member

Kenneth L. Beauchamp

Second Committee Member

Cris Clay


Previous laboratory research has demonstrated an encoding deficit for schizophrenics versus nonpsychiatrically diagnosed individuals. A study was conducted to examine encoding performance of these two groups in an actual apartment setting. Participants were asked to memorize a list of household tasks. Lists were either organized or random, but with identical items . Four conditions were compared: schizophrenic/ organized, schizophrenic/random, non- diagnosed/ organized, and non-diagnosed/random. It was hypothesized that the non-diagnosed participants would recall and perform significantly more tasks from the list than would schizophrenics in both the organized and random list conditions. Recall scores were also expected to be significantly higher for the organized than random list conditions for both the schizophrenic and non-diagnosed participants. A Diagnosis x List Type interaction was expected. Results for all comparisons were non-significant.



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