Impairments in 'theory of mind' shortly after traumatic brain injury and at one-year follow-up

Milders, Maarten, Ietswaart, Magdalena, Crawford, John R. and Currie, David (2006) Impairments in 'theory of mind' shortly after traumatic brain injury and at one-year follow-up. Neuropsychology, 20 (4). pp. 400-408. ISSN 0894-4105

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Most studies into acquired theory of mind (ToM) deficits assessed patients once, long after the onset of brain injury. As a result, the time course of acquired ToM impairments is largely unknown. The present study examined whether ToM impairments following traumatic brain injury (TBI) recover, remain stable, or worsen over time. Because of the alleged association between ToM and social communication, ToM impairments may deteriorate because of changes in patients' social environment following injury. ToM ability and executive functioning were assessed shortly after injury and at 1-year follow-up. Compared with the orthopedic control group, the TBI group was impaired on ToM and executive functioning tasks at both assessments. Furthermore, the ToM impairments in the TBI group remained stable over time.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Equal status author. This work resulted from a grant awarded by the Chief Scientist office of the Scottish Executive (grant awarded to Milders, Crawford and Currie - c. 100k). Ietswaart worked as a post-doctoral research fellow employed on the grant and conducted the research.
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2008 12:42
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:28

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