This study was designed to explore whether schizophrenic patients who are able to maintain their gaze with adequate persistence could competently lip-read. Four lipreading tests, designed to assess recognition of syllables, words, and overleamed sentences, were administered to 15 schizophrenic and 15 normal subjects matched for age, sex, and educational level. The patients proved to be competent lip-readers susceptible to the blend illusion and were inferior only in lipreading of overleamed sentences. The latter difficulty may tentatively be attributed to the inadequacy of the patient’s premorbid social network for establishing contextual cues that aid in the recognition of overleamed sentences.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health