Social functioning, theory of mind and neurocognition in outpatients with schizophrenia; mental state decoding may be a better predictor of social functioning than mental state reasoning.
Emre Bora, Ayse Eryavuz, Bulent Kayahan, Gulcin Sungu, Baybars Veznedaroglu
Psychiatry Res | Published : 2006
Few studies have directly investigated the relationship between theory of mind (ToM) deficits and social functioning in schizophrenia. At the same time, the impact of mental state decoding tasks on social dysfunction has also not yet been investigated. In this study, the relationship between theory of mind deficits and social functioning was investigated among 50 patients with schizophrenia. A mental state decoding task known as 'The Eyes test' and a mental state reasoning task 'The Hinting test' were applied to assess ToM abilities, while the Social Functioning Scale (SFS) was used to assess social functioning. Non-ToM neurocognitive tests were also given to the patients. Results of the stu..View full abstract