Deficits in social cognition and metacognition in schizophrenics makes it difficult for them to understand the speech, facial expressions and hence emotion and intention of others, as well as allowing 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. Social Cognition and Metacognition in Schizophrenia reviews recent research advances focusing 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. These deficits may themselves be why schizophrenia is so difficult to resolve; by focusing on the deficits, recovery may be quicker and long lasting.

This book discusses such deficits in early onset, first episode, and prolonged schizophrenia; how the deficits relate to each other and to other forms of psychopathology; how the deficits affect social, psychological, and vocational functioning; and how best to treat the deficits in either individual or group settings.

Key Features

  • Summarizes the types of social cognitive and metacognitive deficits present in schizophrenia
  • Discusses how deficits are related to each other and to other forms of psychopathology
  • Describes how deficits impact function and affect the recovery process
  • Provides treatment approaches for these deficits


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

Table of Contents

  • List of Contributors
  • Preface
  • Chapter 1. Neurobiologic Underpinnings of Social Cognition and Metacognition in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
    • Introduction
    • Animal Studies on Basic Social Cognition and Social Behavior with Schizophrenia Models
    • Neurotransmitters and Receptors Related to Social Cognition
    • Social Cognition in Schizophrenia: Neuroimaging Research
    • The Neurobiology of Metacognition
    • Biomarkers for Deficits in Social Cognition
    • Limitations and Future Suggestions
    • References
  • Chapter 2. Cross-Cultural Aspects of Social Cognitive Abilities in Schizophrenia
    • Introduction
    • Developmental Aspects of Social Cognition
    • Cross-Cultural Psychiatry
    • Cross-Cultural Differences in the Perception of Social Cues in Patients with Schizophrenia
    • Recent Cross-Cultural Research on Social Cognition
    • The Adaptation of Novel Paradigms and Approaches in Social Cognition Research in Schizophrenia: Ongoing Research and Future Research Directions
    • Summary
    • References
  • Chapter 3. Social Cognition during the Early Phase of Schizophrenia
    • Introduction
    • Domains of Social Cognition in Early-Phase Schizophrenia
    • Progression of Social Cognitive Impairment
    • Summary and Future Directions
    • References
  • Chapter 4. Empathy
    • Introduction
    • Definition of Empathy
    • Behavioral Empathy Deficits in Schizophrenia
    • Specificity of Empathic Deficits
    • Neural Correlates of Empathy
    • Neural Dysfunctions in Schizophrenia
    • Multimodal Empathy in Schizophrenia
    • Conclusion
    • References
  • Chapter 5. Memory-Related Metacognition in Patients with Schizophrenia
    • Consciousness and Cognitive Impairments as Core Symptoms of Schizophrenia
    • From Consciousness to Metacognit


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