Overview: Social Cognition includes a broad spectrum of abilities, such as facial recognition, name-face association, prosody, and theory of mind that are important aspects of social functioning.
Age Range: Individuals 16:0 – 90:11
Administration: Paper and pencil
Completion Time: 35-45 minutes
Scores/Interpretation: Scaled, Contrast, Cumulative Percentages
Scoring Options: Manual Scoring
Publication Date: 2009
Social Cognition is now available as a free standing component of the Advanced Clinical Solutions for WAIS®IV and WMS®-IV.
Impaired social cognition is present in many developmental and psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, ASD, TBI, Dementias, and Schizophrenia. Is it important to be able to determine how an examinee processes social information and how that affects his or her daily interactions with others.
Social cognition has three subtests:
Social Perception is a general screening tool that measures deficits in social perception in a number of disorders. It is the primary measure of social cognition in the ACS. The Social Perception subtest comprises three subcomponents or tasks: Affect Naming (affect labeling), Prosody-Face Matching (linking prosody to a facial expression), and Prosody-Pair Matching (linking prosody to an interacting pair of people and explaining the intent of the speaker).
Faces (Supplemental) was initially developed as a measure of visual memory. However, face memory is a specific form of memory and may not be appropriate for general use as a measure of visual memory. Assessment of face memory can be useful when evaluating individuals with potential deficits related to social cognition.
Names (Supplemental) was developed as a measure of visual-verbal association memory, memory for self-generated content, and incidental recall for facial expressions of emotion. This subtest measures the ability to learn the first and last names of 10 individual children allowing the type of association memory deficit (e.g., proper-name versus semantic) to be identified. Names taps into face memory, verbal learning, and affect recognition and recall.
Social cognition generates scaled scores (mean of 10 and a standard deviation of 3), Contrast Scores for comparisons between subtests and indexes, and Cumulative Percentages (Names II Emotion).