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Brain ‘speed’ linked to psychosis risk

Children whose brains process information more slowly than those of their peers are at greater risk of psychotic experiences, according to new research.

“Previous research has shown a link between the slowing down of information processing and schizophrenia and this was found to be at least in part the result of anti-psychotic medication,” says lead author and PhD student Maria Niarchou from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine.

“However, this study shows that impaired information processing speed can already be present in childhood and associated with higher risk of psychotic experiences, irrespective of medication.”

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