Apathy is prevalent in schizophrenia, but its etiology has received little investigation. The ventral striatum (VS), a key brain region involved in motivated behavior, has been implicated in studies of apathy. We therefore evaluated whether apathy is associated with volume of the VS on MRI in 23 patients with schizophrenia using voxel-based morphometry. Results indicated that greater self-reported apathy severity was associated with smaller volume of the right VS even when controlling for age, gender, depression, and total gray matter volume. The finding suggests that apathy is related to abnormality of brain circuitry subserving motivated behavior in patients with schizophrenia.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2016|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health