Social Cognition, Communication and Affect (SOCCA) Special Interest Group Pre-Congress Workshop


  • Melissa Duff
  • Maarten Milders
  • Dawn Neumann
  • Laura Murray
  • Sheila MacDonald
  • Joke Spikman
  • Louise Keegan
  • Nicholas Behn
  • Anne Buunk


  • Describe the nature and assessment of social cognition, behaviour, executive functioning, social communication and affect following acquired brain injury
  • Describe the use of goal setting processes in developing rehabilitation goals for social communication disorders
  • Describe treatment for chronic disorders of social communication in people with acquired brain injury.


The SOCCA SIG pre-congress workshop will provide an international forum regarding the latest advances in social cognition with the goal of facilitating cognitive-communication rehabilitation. The workshop comprises a series of presentations which will offer an in-depth examination of social cognition, social communication and affect in relation to acquired brain injury. There will be eight presentations which will commence with describing the complex nature of social cognition, including social cue recognition, understanding the link between behaviour and other’s intentions, relationships between aggression and social cognition, executive functioning and social communication, the process of goal development to plan rehabilitation for social communication problems, the use of goal attainment scaling to measure outcomes of a social communication group, and the workshop will conclude with an example of project based social communication treatment for people with chronic acquired brain injury in a community setting.

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