The main theoretical approaches to the study of disorders of social cognition in schizophrenia: current status and prospects of development



The article deals with the basic theoretical constructs, which became the basis of modern research of social cognition in schizophrenia's violations: social percep tion, pragmatic communication, attributional style, the theory of mind and oth ers. We summed empirical data (based on these constructs) and maintained its fragmented, difficult to compile character. The tendency towards unification of the empirical data on the basis of the methodology of neurosciences, namely the social brain hypothesis were fixed. The lack of attention to the motivational com ponent in modern studies of violations of social cognition in schizophrenia is emphasized. We describe the original complex model of violations of social intel ligence, including the operational, regulatory motivational and behavioral com ponents. The data of empirical studies demonstrating the important role of moti vational component in the form of social anhedonia violations of social cognition in schizophrenia is listed.

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Keywords: social cognition, schizophrenia, social perception, attributional style, pragmatic communication, the theory of mind, social anhedonia, motivation, social brain, the integrated model of violations of social intelligence

Journal rubric: Theory and Methodology

Article type: review article

For citation: Rychkova O.V., Kholmogorova A.B. The main theoretical approaches to the study of disorders of social cognition in schizophrenia: current status and prospects of development. Konsul'tativnaya psikhologiya i psikhoterapiya = Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy, 2014. Vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 30–43. (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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