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Counseling Psychology and Psychotherapy

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 2075-3470

ISSN (online): 2311-9446


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The nature of the social cognition violations in mental disorders: how to reconcile biological and social? 1975


Kholmogorova A.B.
Doctor of Psychology, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Counseling and Clinical Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

The article discusses the history, determines the stages and main debating questions in social cognition (SC) disorders' studies, analyzes the influence of social brain models and models of the spectrum of psychopathology to the studies of SC disorders. In the article the criticism of the prevailing biological approach to the problem of the SC is given. There is shown the euristic potential of cultural-historical Vygotsky's theory for solving contradictions in SC researches and multifactorial model SC (built on the basis of cultural-historical theory and included motivational and personal component) is described.

Keywords: social cognition, theory of mind, social brain, schizophrenia spectrum, affective spectrum, cultural-historical theory of mind, motivational component of SC, communicative orientation of thinking, macrosocial, family, personal, inter¬personal factors of SC, SC multifactorial model

Column: Theory and methodology

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