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Title: The effects of a combined intervention targeting executive function and theory of mind on social interference in people with acquired brain injury
Author: Nestler, Steffen
ISNI:       0000 0005 0287 5510
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2020
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Many people with acquired brain injury are affected by social cognition and executive function difficulties, including the perception, processing, and decision-making based on interpersonal information. This study sought to examine the effectiveness of an external prompt, content-free cueing, to support participants in their performance on a measure of social cognition, the Strange Stories Task, in a within-subjects design. Twenty-five participants had known social cognition difficulties and were recruited from a communal neurorehabilitation centre. In the experimental ‘strategy cue’ condition, participants were instructed to invoke an earlier brief training on perspective-taking. In the control ‘tally cue’ condition, participants were required to count the number of content-free cues on a piece of paper. Participants’ responses on the Strange Stories Task were not significantly more accurate, but they responded roughly 0.75s more quickly in the ‘strategy cue’ condition compared to the ‘tally cue’ condition. However, this was only the case when participants completed the ‘strategy cue’ condition after the ‘tally cue’ condition. Findings and clinical implications are discussed in the context of supporting people’s social cognition alongside executive function difficulties after acquired brain injury.
Supervisor: Fish, Jessica ; Morris, Robin Guy Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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