MedWire News – Empathy deficits linked to reduced functioning in schizophrenia patients

MedWire News Results from a US study show that impaired perspective-taking, a component of cognitive empathy, is associated with reduced functioning in patients with schizophrenia. 

 

Empathy, or sharing and understanding the unique emotions and experiences of other people, is one of the key elements of social cognition, and prior studies suggest that empathic processes are impaired in schizophrenia,” explain Matthew Smith ..

 

To investigate whether impairments in empathy are independently associated with poor functional outcomes in schizophrenia patients, the team studied 46 patients with the disorder…

 

By Mark Cowen