Understanding Minds and Understanding Communicated Meanings in Schizophrenia
|Abstract||Cognitive neuropsychology is that branch of cognitive psychology that investigates people with acquired or developmental disorders of cognition. The aim is to learn more about how cognitive systems normally operate or about how they are normally acquired by studying selective patterns of cognitive breakdown after brain damage or selective difﬁculties in acquiring particular cognitive abilities. In the early days of modern cognitive neuropsychology, research focused on rather basic cognitive abilities such as speech comprehension or production at the single-word level, reading and spelling, object and face recognition, and short-term memory. More recently the cognitive-neuropsychological approach has been applied to the study of rather more complex domains of cognition such as belief ﬁxation (e.g. Coltheart and Davies, 2000; Langdon and Coltheart, 2000) and pragmatic aspects of communication (e.g. McDonald and Van Sommers, 1993). Our paper concerns the investigation of pragmatic disorders in one clinical group in which such disorders are common, patients with schizophrenia, and what the study of such people can tell us about the normal processes of communication|
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