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Title: Theory of mind, context processing and schizotypy
Author: Cummins, O. C. A.
Awarding Body: University of London
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2007
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Abstract:
C. Frith (1992) proposed that the clinical heterogeneity of schizophrenia could be explained by varying degrees of impairment in theory of mind (ToM). The development of this model is briefly traced with reference to the literature on autism and the empirical evidence discussed. Context processing deficits and their relationship to impaired ToM in autism are then introduced. Parallels with schizophrenia are explored with regards to the primacy and modularity of impaired ToM in schizophrenia. It is tentatively concluded that ToM is a social-cognitive form of context processing and that ToM impairments in schizophrenia reflect more general impairments in the co-ordination of contextually related information (Phillips & Silverstein, 2003). Difficulties with clinical populations are noted and the need for further research exploring relations between context processing and ToM using the schizotypy paradigm recommended.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.689447  DOI: Not available
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