Impaired emotional empathy and related social network deficits in cocaine users.

@article{Preller2014ImpairedEE,
  title={Impaired emotional empathy and related social network deficits in cocaine users.},
  author={Katrin H. Preller and Lea M. Hulka and Matthias Vonmoos and Daniela Jenni and Markus R Baumgartner and Erich Seifritz and Isabel Dziobek and Boris B. Quednow},
  journal={Addiction biology},
  year={2014},
  volume={19 3},
  pages={452-66}
}
Chronic cocaine users consistently display neurochemical and functional alterations in brain areas involved in social cognition (e.g. medial and orbitofrontal cortex). Although social functioning plays a crucial role in the development and treatment of drug dependence, studies investigating social cognition in cocaine users are lacking. Therefore, we investigated mental perspective taking ('theory of mind') and emotional and cognitive empathy in recreational (RCU) and dependent (DCU) cocaine… CONTINUE READING
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