Verbal self-monitoring in individuals with schizotypal personality traits: An exploratory ERP study

L.-Q. Zou, K. Wang, C. Qu, S.S.Y. Lui, Ho Keung David Shum, E.F.C. Cheung, R.C.K. Chan

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© 2014 Elsevier B.V. Introduction: Individuals with schizophrenia have deficits in verbal self-monitoring. This study aimed to assess whether individuals vulnerable to develop schizophrenia show similar difficulties. Methods: Fifteen individuals with schizotypal personality traits and 15 healthy controls participated. All participants underwent an event-related potential (ERP) paradigm using a phoneme monitoring Go/No-Go task. Results: Behavioural results showed that there was no significant difference between individuals with schizotypal personality traits and controls in post-error slowing, but schizotypal individuals had a significantly lower degree of error awareness and higher error rate. In the ERP data, when compared with controls, individuals with schizotypal personality traits showed similar error-related negativity (ERN) amplitude but significantly larger error positivity (Pe) amplitude. Conclusions: Results of this study suggest that verbal error detection may be intact in individuals with schizotypal personality traits. However, it seems that this vulnerable population may have a greater emotional evaluation of errors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-58
Number of pages6
JournalAsian Journal of Psychiatry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Error positivity
  • Error-related negativity
  • Go/no-go task
  • Schizotypal personality traits
  • Verbal self-monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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