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Understanding Minds and Understanding Communicated Meanings in Schizophrenia

Langdon, Robyn; Davies, Martin; Coltheart, Max


The work reported in this paper investigated the putative functional dependence of pragmatic language skills on general mind-reading capacity, by testing theory-of-mind abilities and understanding of non-literal speech in patients with schizophrenia and in healthy controls. Patients showed difficulties with inferring mental states on a false-belief picture-sequencing task and with understanding metaphors and irony on a story-comprehension task. These difficulties were independent of low verbal...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Mind and Language


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