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Social neuroscience in psychiatry: unravelling the neural mechanisms of social dysfunction

Fett, A-K., Shergill, S. S. and Krabbendam, L. (2015). Social neuroscience in psychiatry: unravelling the neural mechanisms of social dysfunction. Psychological Medicine, 45(6), pp. 1145-1165. doi: 10.1017/S0033291714002487

Abstract

Social neuroscience is a flourishing, interdisciplinary field that investigates the underlying biological processes of social cognition and behaviour. The recent application of social neuroscience to psychiatric research advances our understanding of various psychiatric illnesses that are characterized by impairments in social cognition and social functioning. In addition, the upcoming line of social neuroscience research provides new techniques to design and evaluate treatment interventions that are aimed at improving patients’ social lives. This review provides a contemporary overview of social neuroscience in psychiatry. We draw together the major findings about the neural mechanisms of social cognitive processes directed at understanding others and social interactions in psychiatric illnesses and discuss their implications for future research and clinical practice.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in a revised form in Psychological Medicine, https://doi.org/10.1017/S0033291714002487. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use. © Cambridge University Press 2014.
Publisher Keywords: social neuroscience, schizophrenia, autism, psychopathy, fMRI
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
URI: https://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22546
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