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1st Edition

Clinical Disorders of Social Cognition

Edited By

Skye McDonald

ISBN 9780367461195
Published September 10, 2021 by Routledge
404 Pages 31 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Clinical Disorders of Social Cognition provides contemporary neuroscientific theories of social cognition in a wide range of conditions across the lifespan. Taking a trans-diagnostic approach to understanding these disorders, it discusses how they present in different conditions, ranging from brain injury to neurodevelopmental disorders, psychiatric conditions and dementia.

Social cognitive disorders directly impact upon individuals’ work, leisure and social functioning. This book also collates and critiques the best and most useful assessment tools across the different disorders and coalesces research into intervention strategies across disorders to provide practical information about how such disorders can be assessed and treated so individuals can have meaningful, effective and satisfying social interactions.

This book is essential reading for clinicians who work with people with clinical disorders and who are looking for new knowledge to understand, assess and treat their clients with social cognitive impairment. It will also appeal to students and professionals in clinical neuropsychology, speech and language pathology and researchers who are interested in learning more about the social brain and understanding how evidence from clinical conditions can inform this.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Introduction to social cognition

Skye McDonald and Fiona Kumfor

Chapter 2

Research methodologies, brain correlates, cross-cultural perspectives

Fiona Kumfor and Skye McDonald

Chapter 3

Impact of early brain insult on the development of social competence

Vicki Anderson, Mardee Greenham, Nicholas P. Ryan and Miriam Beauchamp

Chapter 4

Social cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder and neurogenetic syndromes

Alice Maier, Nicholas P Ryan, Anita Chisholm and Jonathan M Payne

Chapter 5

Disorders of social cognition in adults with acquired brain injury

Travis Wearne, Michelle Kelly and Skye McDonald

Chapter 6

Social cognition in psychiatric disorders

Amy Pinkham

Chapter 7

Social cognition in dementia syndromes

Stephanie Wong and Fiona Kumfor

Chapter 8

Social cognition in neurodegenerative diseases: Huntington’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Multiple Sclerosis

Katie Osborne Crowley, Cynthia Honan and Helen Genova

Chapter 9

Assessing Social Cognition in adults

Michelle Kelly, Skye McDonald and Amy Pinkham

Chapter 10

Assessing social cognition in children

Louise Crowe, Simone Darling and Jennifer Chow

Chapter 11

Remediating social cognition

Joke Spikman, Herma J Westerhof and Anneli Cassel


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Skye McDonald is a world leader in understanding social cognitive disorders after brain injury and has published 200 peer-reviewed journal articles on this topic. Her interests span theory development, the development of ecologically valid assessments and the development of remediation and intervention programs.