Theory of mind and psychosocial characteristics in older men

Marcin A. Radecki, Simon R. Cox, Sarah E. MacPherson

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The extent to which early-life cognitive ability shapes individuals’ social functioning throughout life, in the context of later-life factors, is unknown. We investigated performance on the Faux Pas test (FP) in relation to psychosocial characteristics and childhood intelligence scores in 90 healthy older men. FP performance was associated with close social network size but not social contact, social support, or loneliness when accounting for both childhood and later-life intelligence, affect, personality, and socio-demography. We add to a growing literature on associations between ToM and intelligence, affect, and personality.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-151
JournalPsychology and Aging
Issue number1
Early online date20 Dec 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019


  • theory of mind
  • Faux Pas test
  • psychosocial characteristics
  • individual differences
  • older age

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