Clinical assessment of social cognitive function in neurological disorders

Henry, Julie D., von Hippel, William, Molenberghs, Pascal, Lee, Teresa and Sachdev, Perminder S. (2016) Clinical assessment of social cognitive function in neurological disorders. Nature Reviews Neurology, 12 1: 28-39. doi:10.1038/nrneurol.2015.229

Author Henry, Julie D.
von Hippel, William
Molenberghs, Pascal
Lee, Teresa
Sachdev, Perminder S.
Title Clinical assessment of social cognitive function in neurological disorders
Journal name Nature Reviews Neurology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1759-4766
Publication date 2016-01
Year available 2015
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1038/nrneurol.2015.229
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 12
Issue 1
Start page 28
End page 39
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Social cognition broadly refers to the processing of social information in the brain that underlies abilities such as the detection of others' emotions and responding appropriately to these emotions. Social cognitive skills are critical for successful communication and, consequently, mental health and wellbeing. Disturbances of social cognition are early and salient features of many neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disorders, and often occur after acute brain injury. Its assessment in the clinic is, therefore, of paramount importance. Indeed, the most recent edition of the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) introduced social cognition as one of six core components of neurocognitive function, alongside memory and executive control. Failures of social cognition most often present as poor theory of mind, reduced affective empathy, impaired social perception or abnormal social behaviour. Standard neuropsychological assessments lack the precision and sensitivity needed to adequately inform treatment of these failures. In this Review, we present appropriate methods of assessment for each of the four domains, using an example disorder to illustrate the value of these approaches. We discuss the clinical applications of testing for social cognitive function, and finally suggest a five-step algorithm for the evaluation and treatment of impairments, providing quantitative evidence to guide the selection of social cognitive measures in clinical practice.
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