Exploring social cognition and mirror systems in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder

Schizophrenia and bipolar disorder show some overlap in genetics, epidemiology and clinical features. Individuals with these disorders often have poor social and vocational functional outcomes and reduced quality of life, even during times of symptom remission. Social cognition comprises a number of processes including emotion recognition, empathy and theory of mind (ToM), and recent research has indicated that these skills may be reduced in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and contribute to their reduced function.

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