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Title: Brief cognitive assessment and theory of mind in first episode psychosis, and their relation to community functioning
Author: Whitty, A.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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This review examines the research evidence for cognitive deficits in first episode psychosis (FEP), their neurological basis and their relation to social functioning. Twenty-six papers were identified by searching computer databases (e.g. PsycINFO, the Cochrane Library, etc.), hand searching relevant journals, and searching reference sections of key papers. The papers identified were then categorised into 3 subject areas: neurological, cognitive deficits, and social ftinctioning. FEP patients showed an excess of neurological soft signs and differences in brain morphology compared to healthy controls. While there appears to be clear evidence to support a generalised cognitive deficit in FEP, there may also be a sub-group of patients who have specific impairments in some aspects of cognitive function. There appears to be little or no evidence of an association between cognitive deficits and social functioning in FEP, though this area requires further research in the future.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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