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Theory of Mind in young people with ‘at-risk mental states’.

A/Professor Robyn Langdon

Poor ‘theory of mind’ (ToM) is characteristic of people with schizophrenia and predicts these individuals’ social deficits. ToM impairment is also seen in unaffected relatives of people with schizophrenia and at early stages of psychotic illness. Little is known, however, of ToM in young people with ‘at-risk mental states’ (ARMS). The method is to assess ToM and its associations with social functioning in young people meeting ARMS criteria. Young people (aged 13-25yrs) were recruited from three sites (Newcastle, Orange, Sydney) to take part in the ‘MinT’ study.

88 participants meeting ‘at-risk’ criteria according to the ‘Comprehensive Assessment of At Risk Mental State’ (CAARMS) and 29 healthy controls completed three ToM tasks: a False-Belief Picture Sequencing Task (FB-PST), Hinting Task and Reading the Mind in the Eyes Task (RMET). Functioning was assessed using Cornblatt et al.’s (2007) Social and Role Functioning Scales. 

12th Biennial Australasian Schizophrenia Conference
13-14 May 2013 Melbourne, Australia.
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A/Professor Robyn Langdon

Associate Professor Robyn Langdon, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), Macquarie University. A/Professor Langdon completed her first degree in pure mathematics and statistics at the University of Queensland. She studied cognitive psychology and cognitive neuropsychology as an undergraduate in 1988 and completed her Honours degree and PhD thesis at Macquarie University.

Co-authors: Robyn Langdon on behalf of the MinT Consortium
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