Social Cognition

Components of the Social Thinking Methodology fit within the Social Cognition concept by addressing self-awareness, expected versus unexpected behaviors, social rules and perspective taking.

The vast majority of Social Thinking strategies include an emphasis on social cognition, i.e. social attention to thinking, interpretation, and application based on others and the context. Most lessons related to components of the Social Thinking Methodology have an underlying emphasis on the thinking and feeling components involved in the dynamic social interpretation that is at the heart of social skill understanding and production.

Social Thinking

Social Cognition Research

Here are a few research-based concepts and frameworks representing the foundation for the Social Thinking Methodology as it relates to Social Cognition. We continue to learn, modify, expand, and generate new articles as it pertains to Social Cognition. The list below is not meant to be exhaustive by any means, but rather a resource for you!

Senju, A. (2013). Atypical development of spontaneous social cognition in autism spectrum disorders. Brain and Development, 35(2), 96-101.


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Rochat, P. & Striano, T. (2014). Social-cognitive development in the first year. Early Social Cognition: Understanding others in the first months of life.


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Blakemore, S.-J. and Choudhury, S. (2006). Development of the adolescent brain: implications for executive function and social cognition. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47: 296–312.


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O'Connor, K. & Kirk, I. (2008). Brief Report: Atypical Social Cognition and Social Behaviours in Autism Spectrum Disorder: A Different Way of Processing Rather than an Impairment. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, Volume 38(10), pp 1989-1997.


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Motivational Developmental Tools to Support Social Cognition

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