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(p. 175) Social cognition in paranoia 

(p. 175) Social cognition in paranoia
(p. 175) Social cognition in paranoia

Dennis R. Combs

and David L. Penn

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date: 01 December 2020

This chapter first defineswhat comprises the study of social cognitionand why it is important to study this area. Second, it discusses whetherparanoia exists on a continuum and specifically whether social cognitivebiases are present in individuals with varying levels of paranoid ideation. Third, the chapter reviews the extant literature on paranoia and social cognitionand focus on the domains of ’theory of mind’ (ToM), attributional style, andsocial/emotion perception. Within this section, we will also comment onmethodological issues that are important in social cognitive research. Finallyit provides a social cognitive model of paranoia and discusses a new group-basedintervention (Social Cognition and Interaction Training; SCIT) thatattempts to remediate the social cognitive biases present in paranoia.

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