Social Brain Concept as a Basis for Social Cognition and Its Deficits in Mental Disorders. Part II. 'Social Brain': Structural Components and Connections with Psychopathology



The paper provides a review of the studies which describe the structural components of the social brain and their connections with mental disorders. The authors emphasise the 'brain localism' trend in the Western science, that is, its tendency to localise the causes of psychopathology in the dysfunctions of the social brain. This tendency is analysed in the paper both from the cultural-historical perspective and from the point of view of modern biopsychosocial models.

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Keywords: 'social brain', social perception, tonsil, prefrontal cortex, temporal lobes, schizophrenia, cultural-historical theory

Journal rubric: Discussions and Discourses

Article type: review article

For citation: Rychkova O.V., Kholmogorova A.B. Social Brain Concept as a Basis for Social Cognition and Its Deficits in Mental Disorders. Part II. 'Social Brain': Structural Components and Connections with Psychopathology. Kul'turno-istoricheskaya psikhologiya = Cultural-Historical Psychology, 2012. Vol. 8, no. 4, pp. 86–95. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga V. Rychkova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor of the Department of clinical psychology and psychotherapy, Deputy Dean for Educational and Methodological Work, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

Alla B. Kholmogorova, Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Leading Researcher, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry (A Branch of the National Medical Research Centre for Psychiatry and Narcology), Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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