Eye-tracking performance and adaptive functioning over the short-term course of first-episode psychosis

Joanna Katsanis, William G. Iacono, Morton Beiser

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We examined the relationship of smooth pursuit eye tracking to the course of first-episode psychosis. Various measures of social, occupational, and psychological functioning were obtained for 134 persons with diagnoses of schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, or psychotic mood disorder at the time of their psychosis and 9 and 18 months later. Poor eye-tracking performance was associated with generally impaired functioning over the 18 month course of disorder for patients with schizophrenia. A similar association between smooth pursuit and adaptive functioning was not found in patients with schizophreniform or affective disorder. The results suggest that patients with schizophrenia who are characterized by poor eye tracking have a more severe disorder, indications of which are present at the onset of their psychosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)19-26
Number of pages8
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 30 1996

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Funding Information:
The researchr eportedw as supportedb y grants from the Medical Research Council of Canada, the National Health Research Directorate Program of Canada, the University of Minnesota Graduate School, the National Institute of Mental Health (MH-44643), and a National Health Scientist Award to Dr. Beiser. We thank Margaret Moreau, Jonathan Fleming, and Tsung-Yi Lin for their assistancew ith this project.


  • Eye movements
  • Mood disorder
  • Prognosis
  • Psychotic
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform disorder


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