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Published online: 2004-04-26
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Neurobiology of social cognition in schizophrenia

Katarzyna Spychalska, Katarzyna Kucharska-Pietura, Krzysztof Kielan
Psychiatria 2004;1(1):9-15.

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Vol 1, No 1 (2004)
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Published online: 2004-04-26

Abstract

Social cognition is a separated area of cognitive functions and is strongly connected with functional outcome. The studies regarding social cognition might comprise three major research fields such as: recognition of facial affect, perception of social stimuli and theory of mind. Social cognition might be considered as complex process with different neuronal pathways engaged. Data acquired from neuroimaging gives certain insight in neuronal basis of social functioning in schizophrenia with particular focus on brain dysfunction localised in ventral-frontal area and anterior-temporal area. Crucial role seems to have play amygdala in processing of social cognitive stimuli. Neuroimaging studies show that cooperation between cortical and subcortical systems is necessary. In schizophrenia dysfunctions in brain activation concerning theory of mind and emotion processing were found. New generation of antypsychotic drugs gives hope for better schizophrenia outcome in terms of social cognitive functioning.

Abstract

Social cognition is a separated area of cognitive functions and is strongly connected with functional outcome. The studies regarding social cognition might comprise three major research fields such as: recognition of facial affect, perception of social stimuli and theory of mind. Social cognition might be considered as complex process with different neuronal pathways engaged. Data acquired from neuroimaging gives certain insight in neuronal basis of social functioning in schizophrenia with particular focus on brain dysfunction localised in ventral-frontal area and anterior-temporal area. Crucial role seems to have play amygdala in processing of social cognitive stimuli. Neuroimaging studies show that cooperation between cortical and subcortical systems is necessary. In schizophrenia dysfunctions in brain activation concerning theory of mind and emotion processing were found. New generation of antypsychotic drugs gives hope for better schizophrenia outcome in terms of social cognitive functioning.
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Keywords

social cognition; schizophrenia; theory of mind; neuroimaging

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Title

Neurobiology of social cognition in schizophrenia

Journal

Psychiatria (Psychiatry)

Issue

Vol 1, No 1 (2004)

Article type

Review paper

Pages

9-15

Published online

2004-04-26

Bibliographic record

Psychiatria 2004;1(1):9-15.

Keywords

social cognition
schizophrenia
theory of mind
neuroimaging

Authors

Katarzyna Spychalska
Katarzyna Kucharska-Pietura
Krzysztof Kielan

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