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Social Cognition Training in Schizophrenia

This study is currently recruiting participants. (see Contacts and Locations)
Verified March 2016 by Oslo University Hospital
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Anja Vaskinn, Oslo University Hospital Identifier:
First received: September 10, 2010
Last updated: March 28, 2016
Last verified: March 2016
People with schizophrenia show deficits in social cognition, the ability to process information about other people such as identifying their emotional expressions. Social cognition is associated with everyday life functioning and could therefore be an important treatment target. Several social cognitive training programs have been developed during the last years. Results indicate that social cognitive performance can be ameliorated through commonly used intervention techniques. However, it is less clear whether this improvement generalizes to everyday life. The purpose of this study is to investigate if a social cognitive training program (Training in Affect Recognition) improves performance on social cognitive and neuropsychological tests and leads to improved everyday life functioning in persons with schizophrenia. The study also aims at examining if an improvement is present three months after completion of the training intervention.

Condition Intervention
Social Cognition
Other: Training in Affect Recognition

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Social Cognition Training in Schizophrenia

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by Oslo University Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Social cognitive tests [ Time Frame: Within one week and within three months of completed training ]
    PFA and MASC

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Functional capacity tests [ Time Frame: Within one week and within three months of completed training ]
    AIPSS and UPSA-brief

  • Neuropsychological tests [ Time Frame: Within one week and within three months of completed training ]

Estimated Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: August 2011
Estimated Study Completion Date: December 2017
Estimated Primary Completion Date: June 2017 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: social cognition training Other: Training in Affect Recognition
A 12-session social cognitive training programming covering emotion perception and social perception administered in a group setting to up to four participants with schizophrenia at the time
No Intervention: treatment as usual


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 55 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • age 18-55
  • diagnosis of schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
  • IQ > 69
  • sufficient mastery of Norwegian to undergo assessments

Exclusion Criteria:

  • history of head trauma
  • neurological/medical condition known to interfere with central nervous system
  • receiving outpatient care at time of recruitment
  Contacts and Locations
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01206842

Contact: Anja Vaskinn, PhD +4722923908

Oslo University Hospital Recruiting
Oslo, Norway, 0424
Contact: Anja Vaskinn, PhD    +4722923908   
Principal Investigator: Anja Vaskinn, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oslo University Hospital
Principal Investigator: Anja Vaskinn, PhD Oslo University Hospital, Psychosis Research Unit
  More Information

Responsible Party: Anja Vaskinn, PhD, Oslo University Hospital Identifier: NCT01206842     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2010/1538 (REK)
Study First Received: September 10, 2010
Last Updated: March 28, 2016

Keywords provided by Oslo University Hospital:
functional capacity

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Schizophrenia Spectrum and Other Psychotic Disorders
Mental Disorders processed this record on March 27, 2017