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Revue de neuropsychologie


Theory of mind in cortical neurodegenerative diseases: patterns of deficits and functional consequences Volume 9, issue 3, Juillet-Août-Septembre 2017


1 Université d’Angers, LUNAM université, Laboratoire de psychologie des Pays de la Loire (UPRES EA 4638), 11, bd Lavoisier, 49045 Angers, France
2 CHU d’Angers, Service de neurologie, Unité de neuropsychologie, 4, rue Larrey, 49933 Angers, France
3 Centre hospitalier Victor-Dupouy, Pôle de gériatrie, Unité ambulatoire de gériatrie, 69, rue du Lt-Colonel-Prudhon, 95100 Argenteuil, France
* Correspondance
  • Key words: theory of mind, cortical neurodegenerative diseases, behavior, social interactions
  • DOI : 10.1684/nrp.2017.0428
  • Page(s) : 163-77
  • Published in: 2017

Theory of mind (TOM) refers to the ability to attribute mental states to others, and to predict and explain their behavior based on those psychological contents. The study of TOM in neurodegenerative diseases has been the focus of a growing body of research for the last 15 years. Indeed, the study of TOM abilities in those conditions is interesting in multiple ways. Their cerebral substrates often involve structures of the social brain, but with different patterns according to etiologies. Moreover, those conditions often lead to social and behavioral disturbances. This article offers a review of studies of TOM abilities in cortical neurodegenerative diseases, with a focus on highlighting their specific patterns of disturbances, and the links with general cognitive status and behavioral disorders.