Journal article

The effect of cognitive status and visuospatial performance on affective theory of mind in Parkinson's disease

Audrey McKinlay, Michelle Albicini, Phillip S Kavanagh

Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment | DOVE MEDICAL PRESS LTD | Published : 2013

Abstract

It is now well accepted that theory of mind (ToM) functioning is impaired in Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. However, what remain unknown are the functions that underlie this impairment. It has been suggested that cognitive skills may be key in this area of functioning; however, many of the cognitive tests used to assess this have relied on intact visuospatial abilities. This study aimed to examine whether deficits in ToM were generated by cognitive or visuospatial dysfunction and the mediating effect of visuospatial function on ToM performance. Fifty PD patients (31 male, 19 female; mean age = 66.34 years) and 49 healthy controls (16 male, 33 female; mean age = 67.29 years) completed a T..

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