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Creativity: Schizophrenia's 'Missing Link'?

05 May 2019

Schizophrenia sometimes involves Formal Thought Disorder (FTD), a set of symptoms that influence a person’s ability to organise language and express ideas. Linguistic creativity (that is, the techniques that creative writers employ) involves the deliberate manipulation of language at these same levels. This study asks the following: to what extent are the mechanisms that produce linguistic creativity involved in schizophrenia?


  • Aged eighteen or above
  • No history of having taken antipsychotic, antidepressant, and/or mood-stabilising medication

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Ethical approval

This study (IRAS ID 225295) has been reviewed an approved by both the Health Research Authority and the Manchester Metropolitan University.

About the researcher

Oliver Delgaram-Nejad is an interdisciplinary (psycholinguistics) PGR at Manchester Metropolitan University. His PhD research examines the composite language and communication phenomena of schizophrenia, as relative to figurative language processing, using experimental psycholinguistic methods.

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