Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

Neurocognition and Social Cognition in Schizophrenia Patients

Academic journal article Alcoholism and Psychiatry Research

Neurocognition and Social Cognition in Schizophrenia Patients

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Neurocognition and Social Cognition in Schizophrenia Patients Editors: V. Roder, A. Medalia Karger, 2010, Basel, Switzerland ISBN 978-3-8055-9338-0

Schizophrenia, chronic psychiatric disease, has been the center of research of scientists for many years. Schizophrenia patients are in a constant struggle with a series of positive and negative symptoms which jointly make independent living, working and functioning more difficult. Several years ago new cognitions which include neurofunctional, neurocognitive and social deficit in a schizophrenia patient led to the realization of the need and importance of rehabilitation which includes, besides a medicament therapy, a cognitive and social therapy as well. This is the reason for forming an important basis for the development of cognitive-behavioral therapeutic strategy for schizophrenia. We should not neglect the »looking at a person behind their illness«. In this context, the book describes basic concepts and treatment, and the editors stress not only the symptomatic ease and stability but also the achievement of functional stability and improvement when working, living independently and interacting socially.

The book suggests a circular causality in the interaction between neurophysiological, cognitive, social and environmental elements as well as progress that can be expected when the existing knowledge available in one field of research is used in another field of research.

The book is a collection of the latest famous experts' research on the approach to the evaluation and treatment of schizophrenia. It has seven chapters. In the first chapter, the authors Kern and Horan define neurocognitive and social cognition and describe the measurement methods in these two areas. …

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