Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology

Author(s) : Carla Sharp, Author(s) : Ian Goodyer, Author(s) : Peter Fonagy

Social Cognition and Developmental Psychopathology

Book Details

  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Published : 2008
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 496
  • Category :
    Child and Adolescent Studies
  • Catalogue No : 27754
  • ISBN 13 : 9780198569183
  • ISBN 10 : 0198569181

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Social cognition refers to the capacity to think about others thoughts, intentions, feelings, attitudes and perspectives and enables us to engage in the activities that humans value most, such as family, friendship, love, cooperation, play, and community. These processes form such an essential and natural part of our functioning as human beings that it is easy to assume that all humans possess the capacity in equal measure. However, it has been shown by research over the last 20 years that children with a wide variety of psychiatric disorders have problems in social cognition. For instance, children with autism have clear deficits in thinking what others might be thinking. In contrast, children with psychopathic traits are very good at reading the minds of others, but may use this knowledge to manipulate or mistreat individuals. This volume brings together for the first time leaders at the intersection of two academic fields: developmental psychopathology (which deals with child psychiatric disorders) and social cognition. By bringing together the two fields in this unique way, readers not only learn much about important disease mechanisms in childhood disorder, but also gain a better understanding about the nature, origins and development of social cognition in general. It is a must-have for all students, researchers, and clinicians interested in both childhood psychiatric disorder and cognitive psychology.

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Peter Fonagy is Freud Memorial Professor of Psychoanalysis and Director of the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London. He is Chief Executive of the Anna Freud Centre, London. He is a clinical psychologist and a training and supervising analyst in the British Psychoanalytical Society in child and adult analysis. He has published over 200 chapters and articles and has authored or edited several books.

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