A need for improved training interventions for the remediation of impairments in social functioning following brain injury

David M. Driscoll, Olga Dal Monte, Jordan Grafman*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Social functioning deficits are a prominent feature of many neurological and psychiatric conditions, and may include disruption in the acquisition or application of basic or complex social skills. Such disturbances are often resistant to treatment, and individuals with such conditions are often faced with lifelong difficulties in maintaining personal relationships, employment, and independent living. In recent years, a number of psychosocial treatments have been developed to address this growing problem. In this article, we review studies investigating the use of psychosocial training interventions in individuals with acquired brain injuries, which frequently require intervention for impairments in cognitive and social functioning. We then discuss limitations of these studies and highlight specific areas in which such treatments might be improved in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-326
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of neurotrauma
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011



  • brain injury
  • neuroplasticity
  • rehabilitation
  • social cognition
  • social skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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