Assessment of social cognition

Juliete M. Silberstein, Philip D. Harvey

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Cognition has emerged as a consistent, and perhaps the strongest, predictor of the everyday deficits in individuals living with schizophrenia. Efforts to understand the relationship between cognition and functional outcomes in schizophrenia have primarily focused on neurocognition. Nearly three-quarters of individuals with schizophrenia perform below the general population on important neurocognitive domains such as processing speed, attention, learning, problem-solving, and working memory. Recently, social cognition has emerged as a critical research area. Evidence suggests that social cognition explains unique variance in real-world outcomes, and appears to be a stronger predictor of social outcomes (i.e., interpersonal relationships and other socially focused behaviors) than neurocognitive ability. Importantly, treating social cognitive deficits leads to improvements in real-world social outcomes, including social adjustment, social functioning, social relationships, aggressive incidents, and social skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Cognition in Psychosis
Number of pages29
ISBN (Electronic)9780128153154
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • Everyday functioning
  • Neurocognition
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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