IT-training – a new trend in the practice of care for patients with mental disorders and their importance for the development of social cognition



The emergence and development of social cognition paradigm is a new trend in the science of mental health, which led to a significant modification of training in the direction of greater specialization in training of various skills in the field of social cognition, including with the use of computer technology. The article provides a brief overview of the most well-known foreign computerized training programs, gives idea of skills in social cognition (SC), presents data on the effectiveness of these programs, the possibilities and limitations of application of computer technologies in training SC, and also a number of conclusions about the perspectives of their application.

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Keywords: social cognition, mentalization, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, computerized training program

Journal rubric: Medical Psychology


For citation: Moskacheva M.A., Kholmogorova A.B. IT-training – a new trend in the practice of care for patients with mental disorders and their importance for the development of social cognition [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2016. Vol. 5, no. 4, pp. 97–105. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2016050410. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Mariya A. Moskacheva, Junior Researcher, Laboratory of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, State Research Center for Social and Forensic Psychiatry named after V.P. Serbsky, Ministry of Health of Russia, Moscow, Russia, 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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