The Role of Mentalizing in Psychiatric Disorders


Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2022-2023

Course director

  • Dr. Róbert HEROLD

    associate professor,
    Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy

Number of hours/semester

lectures: 12 hours

practices: 0 hours

seminars: 0 hours

total of: 12 hours

Subject data

  • Code of subject: OXF-MPB-h-T
  • 1 kredit
  • General Medicine
  • Optional modul
  • autumn

ODA-MPS-T parallel

Course headcount limitations

min. 1 – max. 15


Mentalization is the ability to form a picture of what is going on in another person’s mind. This ability is essential for social interactions. In a significant proportion of psychiatric illnesses, this basic human skill does not function properly. The aim of the course is to systematically review the mentalization deficits in psychiatric disorders.


  • 1. Introduction. The role of social cognition - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 2. The basics of mentalizing - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 3. Developmental aspects in mentalization - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 4. Neurobiology and neurochemistry of mentalizing - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 5. Mentalizing in autism - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 6. Deficits in mentalizing in schizophrenia - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 7. Mentalizing alterations in bipolar disorder - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 8. Characteristics of mentalizing in borderline personality disorder - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 9. Characteristics of mentalizing in antisocial personality disorder - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 10. Deficits of mentalizing in neurological disorders (Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis Multiplex, traumatic brain injuries) - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 11. Treatment of mentalizing deficits - Dr. Herold Róbert
  • 12. Summary - Dr. Herold Róbert



Reading material

Obligatory literature

Literature developed by the Department


Recommended literature

Abu-Akel, A., Shamay-Tsoory, S., 2011. Neuroanatomical and neurochemical bases of theory of mind. Neuropsychologia 49, 2971 2984.
Heyes, C.M., Frith, C.D., 2014. The cultural evolution of mind reading. Science 344, 1243091 1243091.

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Maximum of 25 % absence allowed

Mid-term exams

According to the Code of Studies and Examinations

Making up for missed classes

According to the Code of Studies and Examinations

Exam topics/questions



Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars