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Social Cognition in Psychosis - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128153154, 9780128156346

Social Cognition in Psychosis

1st Edition

Editors: Kathryn Lewandowski Ahmed Moustafa
Paperback ISBN: 9780128153154
eBook ISBN: 9780128156346
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 11th April 2019
Page Count: 345
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Social Cognition in Psychosis combines current research on phenotypes, neurobiology, and existing evidence on the assessment and treatment of various forms of psychoses. The book presents various treatment options, including assessment approaches, tools and training methods that aid in the rehabilitation of patients with psychotic disorders. Social cognition is a set of psychological processes related to understanding, recognizing, processing and appropriately using social stimuli in one's environment. Individuals with psychotic disorders consistently exhibit impairments in social cognition. As a result, social cognition has been an important target for intervention, with recent efforts trying to enhance early recovery among individuals with psychotic disorders.

Key Features

  • Provides an overview of social cognition in relation to various forms of psychotic disorders
  • Includes assessment and treatment for social cognition dysfunction in psychoses
  • Discusses the genetics and heritability theory of social cognitive dysfunction in psychosis
  • Defines the neurobiology of social cognitive dysfunctions


Undergraduate students, advanced students, and researchers in cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology, and related fields

Table of Contents

1. Characterization of social cognitive deficits on the schizophrenia-bipolar disorder spectrum: An overview of current evidence
2. Cognitive and social cognitive deficits in paranoia
3. Social cognition and schizotypy
4. Impact of social cognitive deficits on community functioning
5. Shared neural substrates of deficits in social cognition and negative symptoms in schizophrenia
6. Role of oxytocin in social cognition in psychosis spectrum disorders
7. Reward processing and social functioning in psychosis
8. Substance misuse and social cognition on the psychosis-spectrum: A bottom-up framework
9. Assessment of social cognition
10. Improving ecological validity in research on social cognition
11. Social cognitive interventions
12. Psychosocial interventions for social dysfunction in psychosis


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About the Editors

Kathryn Lewandowski

Dr. Eve Lewandowski is an assistant professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of Clinical Programming for McLean OnTrack first episode clinic. Eve received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina, Greensboro, where she studied cognitive, behavioral, and genetic markers of schizotypy. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School prior to joining the faculty. Her program of research centers on cognition and cognitive interventions for people with psychotic disorders. Her federally-funded research has included efficacy and neurobiological outcomes of cognitive remediation in bipolar disorder, computational approaches to characterizing heterogeneity in cognition across the psychoses, and examination of the latent structure of motivation and reward. She is currently conducting implementation work to translate cognitive remediation into clinical practice, for which she was awarded the 2018 Connie Lieber Science to Practice Award. Eve serves as the Director of the Psychology Doctoral Internship Program Psychotic Disorders training, and provides supervision, training, and mentorship to junior faculty, fellows, residents, and interns.

Affiliations and Expertise

Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Belmont, Massachusetts, USA

Ahmed Moustafa

Dr. Ahmed A. Moustafa is an associate professor in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience at the Marcs Institute for Brain, Behavior, and Development, and in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology, Western Sydney University. He is trained in computer science, psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science. His early training took place at Cairo University in mathematics and computer science. Before joining Western Sydney University as a lab director, he spent 11 years in America studying psychology and neuroscience. He researches computational and neuropsychological studies of addiction, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and depression. He has published more than 150 papers in high-ranking journals including Science, PNAS, Journal of Neuroscience, Brain, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and Neuron.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor, Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia & Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology, the Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, South Africa. Department of Psychiatry, Wroclaw Medical University, Wroclaw, Poland School of Psychology & Marcs Institute for Brain and Behaviour, Western Sydney University, Sydney, NSW, Australia


“This volume is an exciting, cutting-edge synthesis and review of the critical questions and research topics regarding social cognition in schizophrenia and related disorders. It comprehensively spans neurobiological mechanisms to intervention and presents novel consideration of social cognition across phases of illness. Social cognition continues to be a critical domain in psychosis research, and Lewandowski and Moustafa have developed a must-read for researchers, clinicians, and lay persons who want to better understand and improve the lives of individuals with psychosis. This book will provide a solid foundation for the next generation of researchers and clinicians, and it does so in an accessible, thought-provoking, and refreshing manner." -- Amy E. Pinkham, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas

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