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Understanding Minds and Understanding Communicated Meanings in Schizophrenia

Langdon, Robyn; Davies, Martin; Coltheart, Max

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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]

dc.contributor.authorLangdon, Robyn
dc.contributor.authorDavies, Martin
dc.contributor.authorColtheart, Max
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T22:30:54Z
dc.identifier.issn0268-1064
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/75050
dc.description.abstractThe 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 IQ and a more generalised problem inhibiting prepotent information. Understanding of metaphors and understanding of irony made significant and independent contributions to discriminating patients from controls, suggesting that metaphor and irony make distinct pragmatic demands.
dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd
dc.sourceMind and Language
dc.subjectKeywords: Beliefs (08100); Cognitive Processes (12950); Language Thought Relationship (44410); Pragmatics (66850); Rhetorical Figures (73400); Schizophrenia (75250)
dc.titleUnderstanding Minds and Understanding Communicated Meanings in Schizophrenia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume17
dc.date.issued2002
local.identifier.absfor220314 - Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub4442
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationLangdon, Robyn, Macquarie University
local.contributor.affiliationDavies, Martin, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationColtheart, Max, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1 & 2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage68
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage104
dc.date.updated2015-12-11T08:57:47Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0036487468
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