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Social cognition in addiction


Quednow, Boris B (2020). Social cognition in addiction. In: Verdejo-Garcia, A. Cognition and Addiction : A Researcher's Guide From Mechanisms Towards Interventions. London: Elsevier, 63-78.

Abstract

Social problems and the neglect of social relationships and activities are essential features of substance use disorders (SUDs). Recently, social impairments of individuals with specific SUD have begun to be characterized at the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral level by neuropsychological and social neuroscience methods. Growing evidence suggests that specific SUDs are associated with specific dysfunctions in social cognition and interaction, and that these impairments likely contribute to the social dysfunctions occurring in the daily life of SUD-affected people. It has also been proposed that sociocognitive deficits—such as decreased emotional empathy, worsened mental perspective-taking, and a blunted ability to perceive reward from social interactions—play a prominent role in the establishment, development, and course of therapeutic relationships, where they potentially hamper treatment success. This chapter provides a brief overview of the current status of social cognition research in SUD and discusses future directions for the assessment and treatment of social impairments in SUD.

Abstract

Social problems and the neglect of social relationships and activities are essential features of substance use disorders (SUDs). Recently, social impairments of individuals with specific SUD have begun to be characterized at the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral level by neuropsychological and social neuroscience methods. Growing evidence suggests that specific SUDs are associated with specific dysfunctions in social cognition and interaction, and that these impairments likely contribute to the social dysfunctions occurring in the daily life of SUD-affected people. It has also been proposed that sociocognitive deficits—such as decreased emotional empathy, worsened mental perspective-taking, and a blunted ability to perceive reward from social interactions—play a prominent role in the establishment, development, and course of therapeutic relationships, where they potentially hamper treatment success. This chapter provides a brief overview of the current status of social cognition research in SUD and discusses future directions for the assessment and treatment of social impairments in SUD.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, further contribution
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Psychiatric University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy, and Psychosomatics
04 Faculty of Medicine > Neuroscience Center Zurich
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:1 January 2020
Deposited On:31 Oct 2019 13:13
Last Modified:01 Jan 2021 01:00
Publisher:Elsevier
ISBN:9780128152980
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/b978-0-12-815298-0.00005-8

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