Cognitive slippage and depression in hypothetically psychosis-prone college students

John J. Allen, Loren J. Chapman, Jean P. Chapman

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Subjects who scored deviantly high on the combined Perceptual Aberration-Magical Ideation (Per-Mag) Scale and subjects who scored low on the scale were compared on two putative measures of cognitive slippage-a continued word association task and a task of referential communication. The Per-Mag subjects performed more deviantly than did the control subjects on both tasks, but those Per-Mag subjects who also scored above the mean on the General Behavior Inventory (GBI) depression subscale were most deviant. The Per-Mag Scale and the GBI are recommended for concurrent use in mass screening to identify a group of individuals who exhibit signs of cognitive slippage and who may, therefore, be at risk for the development of severe psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-353
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Nervous and Mental Disease
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1987

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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