Models and methods for studying impairment social cognition in depression: theoretical approaches, methods of study and highlighted deficits



The importance of the violations in the interpersonal sphere and, in particular, in the field of social cognition in depression, is emphasized by different specialists: psychia¬trists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists. This article discusses approaches which are directly related to social cognition, and the number of non¬specific cognitive factors that hamper the social information processing in depression. Methods of social cognition studying are described. They are based on different theoretical con¬structions (mentalization, Theory of Mind, social intelligence, social skills, emotional intelligence, egocentrism etc.). And also we describe the results of empirical studies of disorders of social cognition in depression, a number of conclusions, outlining the prospects for further research are made. It is settled, that the cognitive aspects of disorders of social cognition are studied in a break with the data of the phenomenological observations and empirical researches regarding motivation for communication, self¬control and focus thinking on another person (intentionality).

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Journal rubric: Empirical Researches

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Pugovkina O.D. Models and methods for studying impairment social cognition in depression: theoretical approaches, methods of study and highlighted deficits. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2014. Vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 80–97. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Olga D. Pugovkina, PhD in Psychology, Assistant Professor, Chair of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, Department of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Senior Research Associate, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychological Counseling, Moscow Research Institute of Psychiatry — Branch of The Serbsky Federal Medical Research Center for Psychiatry and Narcology, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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