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Social Cognition and Metacognition in Schizophrenia

Psychpathology and Treatment Approaches

Schizophrenics experience a broad array of deficits in social cognition and metacognition making it difficult for them to understand the speech, facial expressions and hence emotion and intention of others, as well as having little insight into their own mental state. These deficits are associated with poor social skills, fewer social relationships, and are predictive of poorer performance in a work setting.

Recent research has focused on the precise nature of these deficits, when and how they manifest themselves, what their effect is on the course of schizophrenia, and how each can be treated. It is now believed that these deficits may themselves be why schizophrenia is so difficult to resolve, and by focusing on the deficits, recovery may be quicker and long lasting.


Researchers in clinical psychology, and clinicians treating schizophrenia, Secondary audience among researchers in social and cognitive psychology interested in social cognition and metacognition.

Hardbound, 475 Pages

Published: September 2014

Imprint: Academic Press

ISBN: 978-0-12-405172-0


  • 1. Introduction

    Part 1. Deficits in soc cog and metacog in schizophrenia and their features

    2. Neurobiological underpinnings of social cog and metacog in schizophrenia

    3.. Assessments of multiple domains of social cog in schizophrenia and their asso w social and vocational outcomes.

    3. Impact of social cog deficits in early onset schizophrenia.

    4. Social cog among persons at risk for schizophrenia.

    5. Decoding emotions and schizophrenia.

    6. Empathy in persons with schizophrenia.

    7. Metacog deficits in schizophrenia: symptoms and functional outcome..
    8.. Metacog deficits with first episode schizophrenia:

    9. Associations between attachments, metacog capacity and premorbid history deficits in first episode schizophrenia
    10. Metamemory disturbances in schizophrenia.
    11. Autobiographical disruptions and metacog dysfunctions in schizophrenia: symptom and functional outcome.

    Part 2. Emerging treatment approaches for deficits in soc cog and metacog in schizophrenia

    12. Metacognition oriented social skills training.

    13. Social Cognition and Interaction Training

    14. Reflex: An intervention to improve awareness of oneself and one’s mental illness

    15. Metacognitive training

    16. Metacognition-Oriented Therapy for promoting self-reflectivity

    17. Stimulating parallel devel of higher levels of self awareness, awareness of others

    18. Mentalization based psychotherapy
    19. Solutions to deficits in metacognition .Advances from psychodynamic psychotherapy.

    20. Personal narratives in psychotherapy of schizophrenia.

    21. Experimental usage of Oxytocin to combat deficits in social cognition.

    22. Summary and conclusions.


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