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Psychiatry Res. 2010 May 15;177(1-2):261-2. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2010.02.004. Epub 2010 Mar 12.

Impaired theory of mind performance in patients with recurrent bipolar disorder: Moderating effect of cognitive load.

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  • 1Mood Disorders Program, St. Joseph's Healthcare, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. mckinno@mcmaster.ca

Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate theory of mind (ToM) performance on tasks that varied in the demands they placed on cognitive processing resources in a sample of 14 bipolar patients with subsyndromal illness and 14 controls. Patients showed impaired performance on cognitively demanding second-order ToM tasks. Reduced ToM performance was associated with longer illness duration, and with increased symptom severity.

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