Neuro-cognition and social cognition elements of social functioning and social quality of life

Ilanit Hasson-Ohayon, Michal Mashiach-Eizenberg, Nitzan Arnon-Ribenfeld, Shlomo Kravetz, David Roe

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Previous studies have shown that deficits in social cognition mediate the association between neuro-cognition and functional outcome. Based on these findings, the current study presents an examination of the mediating role of social cognition and includes two different outcomes: social functioning assessed by objective observer and social quality of life assessed by subjective self-report. Instruments measuring different aspects of social cognition, cognitive ability, social functioning and social quality of life were administered to 131 participants who had a diagnosis of a serious mental illness. Results showed that emotion recognition and attributional bias were significant mediators such that cognitive assessment was positively related to both, which in turn, were negatively related to SQoL. While one interpretation of the data suggests that deficits in emotion recognition may serve as a possible defense mechanism, future studies should re-assess this idea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)538-543
Number of pages6
JournalPsychiatry Research
StatePublished - Dec 2017

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  • Neuro-cognition
  • Serious mental illness
  • Social functioning
  • Social quality of life
  • Social-cognition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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