Social cognition in epilepsy

McCagh, Jane (2011) Social cognition in epilepsy. In: Novel aspects on epilepsy. InTech, Croatia, pp. 263-284. ISBN 978-953-307-678-2,

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There is a paucity of research which has investigated social cognition in epilepsy, this is surprising given the abundance of evidence that exists in relation to the difficulties that people with epilepsy (PWE) have in relation to social functioning (McCagh et al., 2009).
The study of social cognition in epilepsy will lead to a greater understanding of the social cognitive deficits of the epileptic condition. This may in turn lead to more effective psychological interventions to enable the smoother functioning of people with epilepsy in society.
The aim of this chapter is to provide a detailed critical review of research which has investigated socio-cognitive functioning in people with epilepsy to date. Throughout the
chapter, the impact of epilepsy related variables in relation to socio-cognitive processing will be considered.
The final part of the chapter will explore why people with epilepsy may have social cognitive deficits and will go on to summarise limitations in past research. The chapter will
conclude by providing the rationale and aims of the author’s current research in this area and suggestions for future work.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Epilepsy, social cognition, theory of mind, emotion recognition
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Science > Psychology
Depositing User: Jane McCagh
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 10:40
Last Modified: 19 May 2016 10:40

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