Separating component processes of theory of mind in schizophrenia

Bailey, Phoebe E. and Henry, Julie D. (2010) Separating component processes of theory of mind in schizophrenia. British Journal of Clinical Psychology, 49 1: 43-52. doi:10.1348/014466509X425086

Author Bailey, Phoebe E.
Henry, Julie D.
Title Separating component processes of theory of mind in schizophrenia
Journal name British Journal of Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0144-6657
Publication date 2010-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1348/014466509X425086
Volume 49
Issue 1
Start page 43
End page 52
Total pages 10
Place of publication Leicester, United Kingdom
Publisher John Wiley & Sons
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective. It has been argued that in order to take the perspective of another the ‘default’ self-perspective must first be inhibited. Thus, executive function failures (and
specifically, reduced inhibitory control of the self-perspective) may contribute to the theory of mind (ToM) difficulties that have been observed in schizophrenia.

Method. Participants with schizophrenia (N = 28) and demographically matched controls (N = 30) were administered a behavioural measure of ToM that directly manipulates inhibitory demands by involving either high- or low-levels of self-perspective inhibition.

Results. Relative to controls, participants with schizophrenia demonstrated impaired ToM, but did not have particular difficulty on the task that placed high demands on self-perspective inhibition.

Conclusion. Disruption of other-perspective taking, rather than self-perspective inhibition, appears to be the more important determinant of ToM impairment in schizophrenia. This finding is discussed in relation to competing perspectives of ToM.
© 2010 The British Psychological Society.
Keyword Schizophrenia
Theory of mind (ToM)
Component processes
Self-perspective inhibition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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