My PhD is part of the research into antipsychotic discontinuation and reduction (RADAR) study. RADAR is investigating the effect of reducing antipsychotics on social functioning, neurocognitive, and quality of life measures in individuals with a schizophrenia-spectrum disorder. In my research, I will look at the effect of antipsychotic reduction on social cognition in schizophrenia. Social cognition, the ability to predict other's actions, thoughts, and beliefs, has been identified as a deficit in individuals with schizophrenia, with links to social functioning difficulties also evident. I will be exploring the effects of antipsychotics on the four domains of social cognition (social perception, emotion processing, attribution bias, and theory of mind) as well as on empathy measures and the relationship between antipsychotic use, social cognition and social functioning. Thus far, few studies have attempted to investigate this area despite the potential importance to the quality of life of individuals with schizophrenia.
Links to associated labs, centres and facilities
RADAR Study Website: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/psychiatry/antipsychotic-discontinuation-and-reduction