From the APS Journal Archive: “Social Cognition in Schizophrenia”

“Social Cognition in Schizophrenia” by Michael F. Green and William P. Horan1 was published in Current Directions in Psychological Science in August 2010 and has been cited 6 times (via Web of Science) since publication.

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Social cognition has become a rapidly growing area of schizophrenia research. Individuals with schizophrenia show substantial and persistent impairments in a range of social cognitive domains, including emotion processing, social perception, attributional bias, and theory of mind. The social cognitive impairment in schizophrenia is associated with, but separable from, impairments in (nonsocial) neurocognition such as attention, memory, and problem solving. Social cognition is a key determinant of functional disability of schizophrenia; it acts as a mediator between neurocognition and functional outcome, and it contributes unique information about functional outcome beyond that provided by neurocognition. Efforts to develop interventions to improve social cognitive impairments through new pharmacological and training approaches are under way.

1VA Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, and UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

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