Treating social cognition impairment with the online therapy "SoCoBo"

  • \(\bf Objective\) Acquired brain injuries (ABIs), such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), often entail impairments of general cognition (e.g., memory, attention or executive functions) and social cognition (e.g. emotion recognition, theory of mind [ToM], social problem-solving). The availability of fully computerized interventions targeting sociocognitive deficits specifically in neurologically impaired patients is extremely limited. Therefore, the Treatment Program for Deficits in Social Cognition and Social Competencies of the Ruhr University Bochum (SoCoBo), a fully computerized online therapy designed for ABI patients was evaluated in a randomized controlled trial involving TBI patients. \(\bf Method\) Sixty-four patients with TBI were randomly assigned to two groups with 43 patients fully completing either SoCoBo (\(\it N\) = 27) or a commercially available computerized program for cognitive rehabilitation (RehaCom®, \(\it N\) = 16). All participants underwent comprehensive pre-post online neuropsychological assessment and worked with their respective rehabilitation programs for four days a week during a scheduled period of 12 weeks. \(\bf Results\) After treatment, the SoCoBo group, but not the RehaCom® group showed significant improvements in facial emotion recognition and self-rated empathy. Moreover, in the SoCoBo group, an increase in empathy was also associated with increased life satisfaction after treatment. There were no improvements in ToM and social problem-solving. Furthermore, general cognition did not improve in any of the groups. \(\bf Conclusions\) SoCoBo represents an effective new online therapy for the amelioration of deficits in key domains of social cognition. Its implementation in clinical practice will serve as a meaningful addition to the existing fully computerized approaches specifically in neurological patient groups.

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Author:Tobias LohausORCiDGND, Sally ReckelkammGND, Patrizia ThomaORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):PLoS ONE
Subtitle (English):a randomized controlled trial including traumatic brain injury patients
Place of publication:San Francisco
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/04/08
Date of first Publication:2024/01/10
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:Open Access Fonds
Issue:1, Article e0294767
First Page:e0294767-1
Last Page:e0294767-23
Article Processing Charge funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) and the Open Access Publication Fund of Ruhr-Universität Bochum.
Institutes/Facilities:Neuropsychologisches Therapie Centrum (NTC)
Dewey Decimal Classification:Philosophie und Psychologie / Psychologie
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
faculties:Fakultät für Psychologie
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International