Social Cognition in Schizophrenia From Evidence to Treatment

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2012-12-19
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press

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Individuals with schizophrenia and related disorders experience significant functioning deficits in the community. The study of social cognition in schizophrenia has grown rapidly over the past decade, and a consensus has developed among researchers that dysfunction in social cognition maycontribute to the severe interpersonal problems that are a hallmark of schizophrenia. This has generated hope that treatments which improve social cognition in this illness may enhance an individual's ability to live a socially engaged and rewarding life. Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: From Evidence to Treatment provides a firm grounding in the theory and research of normal social cognition, builds on this base to describe how social cognition appears to be dysfunctional in schizophrenia, and explains how this dysfunction might be ameliorated.Composed of contributed chapters written by the top experts in the field, the volume is divided into three parts to address each of these areas. Part I, Foundations of Human Social Cognition, explores normal social cognition in childhood development, adulthood, and across cultures, as well thebrain-bases of social cognition and clinical social cognition research. Part II, Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: Descriptive and Experimental Research, discusses social cognition and functional outcome, emotion processing, Theory of Mind, paranoid ideation, social cognition in early psychosis,and the social cognitive neuroscience of schizophrenia. Part III, Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: Treatment Approaches, focuses on findings from current treatment outcome research as well as several leading social cognitive intervention approaches-Integrated Neurocognitive Therapy (INT),Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET), Metacognitive Training (MCT), and Social Cognition and Interaction Training (SCIT). This comprehensive, accessible volume will be invaluable to researchers studying social cognition and psychosocial treatment development in schizophrenia, clinicians working withthis patient population, students in social and clinical psychology, nursing, social work and occupational therapy, and medical students.

Author Biography

David L. Roberts is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Schizophrenia and Related Disorders, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio. He specializes in the treatment and study of social dysfunction among people with schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. He received his Ph.D. working under David Penn at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and completed post-doctoral training and research at Yale University.

David L. Penn is the Linda Wagner-Martin Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He specializes in the psychosocial treatment of schizophrenia, as well as in social cognition in schizophrenia.

Table of Contents


Shannon M. Couture and David L. Penn

Part I: Foundations of Human Social Cognition

Chapter 1. The Development of Social Cognition in Theory and Action
Kristen E. Lyons and Melissa A. Koenig

Chapter 2. Social Cognition: Social Psychological Insights from Normal Adults
Kristjen Lundberg

Chapter 3. Cross-cultural Variation in Social Cognition and the Social Brain
Shihui Han

Chapter 4. The Social Cognitive Brain: A Review of Key Individual Differences Parameters with Relevance to Schizophrenia
Amy M. Jimenez, Dylan G. Gee, Tyrone D. Cannon, and Matthew D. Lieberman

Chapter 5. Social Cognitive Neuroscience: Clinical Foundations
Oana Tudusciuc and Ralph Adolphs

Part II: Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: Descriptive and Experimental Research

Chapter 6. Social Cognition and Functional Outcome in Schizophrenia
William P. Horan, Junghee Lee, and Michael F. Green

Chapter 7. Emotion Processing in Schizophrenia
Christian G. Kohler, Elizabeth Hanson, and Mary E. March

Chapter 8. Characteristics of Theory of Mind Impairments in Schizophrenia
Ahmad Abu-Akel and Simone G. Shamay-Tsoory

Chapter 9. Social Cognition and the Dynamics of Paranoid Ideation
Richard P. Bentall and Alisa Udachina

Chapter 10. Social Cognition Early in the Course of the Illness
Jean Addington and Danijela Piskulic

Chapter 11. The Social Cognitive Neuroscience of Schizophrenia
Amy E. Pinkham

Part III: Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: Treatment Approaches

Chapter 12: Introduction to Social Cognitive Treatment Approaches for Schizophrenia
Joanna M. Fiszdon

Chapter 13: Integrated Enhancement Therapy
Daniel R. Mueller, Stefanie J. Schmidt, and Volker Roder

Chapter 14. Cognitive Enhancement Therapy
Shaun M. Eack

Chapter 15. Metacognitive Training in Schizophrenia: Theoretical Rationale and Administration
Steffen Moritz, Ruth Veckenstedt, Francesca Vitzthum, Ulf Köther, and Todd S. Woodward

Chapter 16. Social Cognition and Interaction Training
Dennis R. Combs, Johanna Torres, and Michael R. Basso

Chapter 17. Conclusion: The Future of Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: Implications from the Normative Literature
David L. Roberts & Amy E. Pinkham

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