PSY3 – Schizophrenia: Lesson 01

Schizophrenia Introduction

Before we start the content of Schizophrenia it is important for you to look at what it is and break down some myths surrounding the disorder.  Therefore we start with two introductory TED Talks.


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Learning Objectives

  • To KNOW & UNDERSTAND what the clinical characteristics of Schizophrenia are.
  • To APPLY these characteristics to real life scenarios
  • To KNOW & UNDERSTAND what the issues of reliability and validity in diagnosing Schizophrenia are.
  • To ANALYSE these to consider the impact that they have on patients
  • To EVALUATE the evidence that these are an issue for the classification and diagnoses of Schizophrenia.

Lesson Outline:


  • Watch the two TED Talks.
  • To take notes in booklet, on what is meant by positive and negative symptoms of Schizophrenia

Content Recap:

Positive symptoms: These are symptoms which are in addition to normally functioning, therefore things which ‘typical’ people will not experience.  For example, hallucinations and delusions.

Negative symptoms: These are symptoms which are taken away from normally functioning, therefore things which ‘typical’ people can do but a schizophrenic cannot.  For example, avolition and speech poverty.

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Resources Used

 Study Notes – Classification & Diagnosis (TBC):

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I would suggest that you have a copy of one of the textbooks which will allow you to read around the subject matter, pre-read ahead of lessons or even take extra notes/practise questions afterwards. I would recommend the following (you do not need to replicate books, one of each type is plenty!)

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