On Brain Blogger there is clearly an avid interest in this particular disorder. This article provides a synopsis of a recent Medscape review, regarding our current state of knowledge. I encourage all who are interested to peruse the original resource.
The proverbial beautiful mind of the proverbial schizophrenic resides in a brain that has abnormalities. This includes diminished frontal lobe activity, resulting in deficits in the brain’s ability to process information in a cognitively organized way and stopping people from screening out irrelevant stimuli. These deficits are considered to be deleterious to the brain functioning of the schizophrenic.
Linguistic relativity is the idea that the language you speak affects how you think. A lot of people know this as the “Sapir-Whorf hypothesis” or “Whorfianism” after one of its earliest proponents, Benjamin Whorf. Many people think that linguistic relativity has died out, that it has been disproven, or that it is generally accepted as nonsense. This is far from the truth.
In a study recently published in the British Journal of Social Psychology, University of Southampton researchers found that prisoners rated themselves equal to or better than non-incarcerated community members with respect to honesty, morality, self-control, and other attributes. These findings add to the substantial base of literature supporting the "better-than-average effect" (BTAE).