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Social Cognition Deficit after Severe Acquired Brain Injury: Facts and Doubts

Call for Papers

Traumatic and nontraumatic (i.e., vascular, anoxic, and postsurgical) severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI) may cause several behavioural and emotional sequelae that significantly affect autonomy and quality of life in patients and their caregivers. This is clearly recognized in the clinical practice and, particularly in the last years, results of various studies evidenced that the complexity of the clinical feature of ABI requires a multiprofessional approach for both assessment and rehabilitation.

Indeed, traditional neurological and psychological approaches should be well supported by the application of the more recent technological advances in the field of neuroimaging and neurophysiology, to give a reliable response to the patient's sufferance.

The project of a special issue dealing with social cognition deficits after sABI takes place within the above scenario with the aim to give the reader an updated overall view on these topics.

In view of the above observations, we would plan a monograph that should cover the main issues in the field of sTBI, by collecting contributions from different methods, including the classical lesion approach, neuroimaging, and neurophysiologic techniques.

Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:

  • Social cognition development in human being: psychological and neurobiological models
  • Social cognition after sABI
  • Perspective taking abilities in individuals with sABI and their impact on major life areas
  • Theory of mind functioning after sABI in adults
  • Theory of mind functioning in children who suffered from sABI
  • Neuropsychological correlates of social cognition in sABI
  • The contribution of functional neuroimaging to the understanding of social cognition changes in sTBI
  • Predicting emotional and behavioural outcomes in sABI: the role of electrophysiology
  • Psychotherapy for emotional and behavioural disorders in sABI

Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Submission DeadlineFriday, 18 May 2018
Publication DateOctober 2018

Papers are published upon acceptance, regardless of the Special Issue publication date.

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