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Body Movement Imitation and Perspective Perception Among Psychiatric Patients

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified December 2011 by Shalvata Mental Health Center.
Recruitment status was:  Not yet recruiting
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Shalvata Mental Health Center Identifier:
First received: June 14, 2011
Last updated: December 29, 2011
Last verified: December 2011

The ability to understand the other's perspective and respond accordingly is the most important normal process of daily social life and is probably one of the foundations of human existence. This capability is reflected, inter alia, as an imitation - an important and effective form of learning which is very developed in humans. When we are required to imitate a particular movement, speed of response depends on the perspective of the movement. Imitative response is implemented faster when the movement is observed from first-person perspective, than if the motion is presented from the perspective of a third party.

While healthy individuals don't find it difficult to imitate, or to understand the other's emotion expression, there are psychiatric populations (such as autism and schizophrenia) who find it difficult to demonstrate these capabilities (Park, Matthews et al. 2008). Beyond these capabilities impairment, schizophrenic patients have difficulty distinguishing between their arm movements and those of a foreign hand and find it difficult to leave the boundaries of egocentric interpretation of reality and adopt the other's point of view. These behavioral disorders arise from defects in the network of mirror neurons (Buccino and Amore 2008; Langdon, Coltheart et al. 2010).

Therefore, the investigator expect that schizophrenic patients will not see a preference for movements that will be displayed in first-person perspective from the same movements that will be displayed from the perspective of a third party. Consequently, the investigator speculate that these subjects will not exhibit differences at imitating the response of which will be presented from different perspectives (Jackson, Meltzoff et (al. 2006.

Condition Intervention
Schizophrenia Depression Device: imitation assessment using the 5-dt "data glove".

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic

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Further study details as provided by Shalvata Mental Health Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • speed of hand movement according to the reaction glove [ Time Frame: 30 minutes ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: March 2012
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: December 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: depresive patients
30 patients suffering from depression
Device: imitation assessment using the 5-dt "data glove".
measuring the speed of the hand during imitation
Experimental: Schizophrenia patients
30 Schizophrenia patients
Device: imitation assessment using the 5-dt "data glove".
measuring the speed of the hand during imitation


Ages Eligible for Study:   20 Years to 65 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Men and women aged 20-65.
  2. Subjects who met the criteria for diagnosis of major DSM-IV for schizophrenia or unipolar depression.
  3. Subjects with normal or corrected vision.
  4. Subjects who sign informed consent for their participation in the experiment

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Patients with acute disorder, or an unstable patient. Especially neurological disorders or head injuries.
  2. Drug Abuse in the past year.
  3. Lack of jurisdiction, such as people with mental retardation or dementia.
  4. assessed with high suicide risk.
  5. patients which are Compulsory hospitalized.
  6. Pregnant women
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01375894

Contact: Hilik Levkovitz, prof. 09-7478644

Shalvata MHC Not yet recruiting
Hod hasharon, Israel
Contact: Hilik Levkovitz, prof.    09-7478644   
Principal Investigator: Hilik Levkovitz, prof.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Shalvata Mental Health Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Shalvata Mental Health Center Identifier: NCT01375894     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: SHA-07-11
Study First Received: June 14, 2011
Last Updated: December 29, 2011

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on September 21, 2017