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Social Cognitive Skills Training found to improve Social Cognition in Psychosis…

A study published in Schizophrenia Bulletin demonstrate that social cognitive skills training (SCST) for patients with psychosis provide significant benefit in a number of key social cognition domains. Social cognition refers to the mental functions that inform social interactions, such as perceiving, interpreting, managing, and generating responses to social input. It is beleived that individuals with psychotic disorders often have significant impairments across the four social cognitive domains of emotion processing (particularly identification of facial affect), social cue perception, attributional style, and mentalizing. The controlled study involved 139 randomly assigned outpatients (18 to 65 years of age) with psychotic disorders. SCST targeted emotion processing, social perception, attributional bias, empathy, and mentalizing. They performed assessments of social cognition, nonsocial cognition, symptoms, and functioning at baseline, midtreatment, posttreatment, and a 3-month follow-up.

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