Social cognition in schizophrenia

Michael F. Green, William P. Horan

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Social cognition has become a rapidly growing area of schizophrenia research. Individuals with schizophrenia show substantial and persistent impairments in a range of social cognitive domains, including emotion processing, social perception, attributional bias, and theory of mind. The social cognitive impairment in schizophrenia is associated with, but separable from, impairments in (nonsocial) neurocognition such as attention, memory, and problem solving. Social cognition is a key determinant of functional disability of schizophrenia; it acts as a mediator between neurocognition and functional outcome, and it contributes unique information about functional outcome beyond that provided by neurocognition. Efforts to develop interventions to improve social cognitive impairments through new pharmacological and training approaches are under way.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-248
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2010
Externally publishedYes

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Funding Information:
This work was partly supported by grants MH43292 (MFG) and a NARSAD Young Investigator Award (WPH).


  • Neurocognition
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social cognition


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