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You go for a walk and decide which direction to go—you remember that a vicious dog barks at you if you turn left. You go right but notice there is construction that includes the sidewalk. You talk to one of the workers and find out the construction will be done within the week. You’ll come back this way when it is over. You duck into an alley that offers a shortcut back to your house.
You have demonstrated all the aspects of healthy cognition—the brain-based skills you need to function successfully in daily life, from perceiving your environment accurately (noting the choice of walkways), motor skills (turning right instead of left), language and social skills (engaging in a conversation in a way that allows you to gain the information you need), learning (you’ll come back this way after construction is over), and problem solving (you figure out a short-cut to get home).
Simple, right? In schizophrenia, all of these basic “brain-skills” may break down, with devastating consequences. These cognition deficits often make a normal life, with a stable job, friendships, marriage, and even everyday social interactions impossible. About one in 100 of us may develop this incurable disease.