Recent trends in testing social cognition

Henry, Julie D., Cowan, David G., Lee, Teresa and Sachdev, Perminder S. (2015) Recent trends in testing social cognition. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28 2: 133-140. doi:10.1097/YCO.0000000000000139

Author Henry, Julie D.
Cowan, David G.
Lee, Teresa
Sachdev, Perminder S.
Title Recent trends in testing social cognition
Journal name Current Opinion in Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1473-6578
Publication date 2015-03
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1097/YCO.0000000000000139
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 133
End page 140
Total pages 8
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Lippincott Williams and Wilkins
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose of review: Social cognition refers broadly to the way in which we process social information, and is a critical predictor of social competency. This article provides an overview of some of the assessment approaches that have been developed to assess this construct.

Recent findings: A variety of well validated assessment approaches are now available. The most frequently used methods index explicit emotion recognition and/or mental state attribution. There has also been an increasing emphasis on the need to better understand the role of specific perceptual features and cognitive task demands in social cognitive difficulties.

Summary: In the past 20 years, research on social cognitive function has grown exponentially, reflecting an increased recognition that social cognitive skills are critical for communicative discourse, and in turn mental health and well-being. Accordingly, a large number of measures are now available to quantify social cognitive function. This review shows that many of these measures have good psychometric properties, and appear to have at least moderate sensitivity. However, the review also highlights the importance of using appropriate control tasks to assess the specificity of any observed social cognitive failures, as well as the need for the continued development of measures with greater ecological validity.
Keyword Clinical assessment
Ecological validity
Facial affect recognition
Social cognition
Theory of mind
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Official 2016 Collection
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