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Journal Articles npj Schizophrenia Year : 2021

Getting a tool gives wings even in schizophrenia: underestimation of tool-related effort in a motor imagery task

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Humans frequently use tools to reduce action-related efforts. Interestingly, several studies have demonstrated that individuals had tool-related biases in terms of perceived effort reduction during motor imagery tasks, despite the lack of evidence of real benefits. Reduced effort allocation has been repeatedly found in schizophrenia, but it remains unknown how schizophrenia patients perceive tool-related benefits regarding effort. Twenty-four schizophrenia patients and twenty-four nonclinical participants were instructed to move the same quantities of objects with their hands or with a tool in both real and imagined situations. Imagined and real movement durations were recorded. Similarly to nonclinical participants, patients overestimated tool-related benefits and underestimated tool-related effort in terms of time when they mentally simulated a task requiring the use of a tool. No association between movement durations and psychotic symptoms was found. Our results open new perspectives on the issue of effort in schizophrenia.
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hal-03547061 , version 1 (13-11-2023)

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Amandine Décombe, Lionel Brunel, Vincent Murday, François Osiurak, Delphine Capdevielle, et al.. Getting a tool gives wings even in schizophrenia: underestimation of tool-related effort in a motor imagery task. npj Schizophrenia, 2021, 7 (1), pp.45. ⟨10.1038/s41537-021-00175-y⟩. ⟨hal-03547061⟩
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