The extended mind theory of cognitive distortions in sex offenders

Ward, Tony 2009, The extended mind theory of cognitive distortions in sex offenders, Journal of sexual aggression, vol. 15, no. 3, pp. 247-259, doi: 10.1080/13552600903263087.

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Title The extended mind theory of cognitive distortions in sex offenders
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Journal name Journal of sexual aggression
Volume number 15
Issue number 3
Start page 247
End page 259
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1355-2600
Keyword(s) extended mind
cognitive distortions
sex offenders
Summary An innovative theory of the nature of cognition, the extended mind theory (EMT), has emerged recently in the cognitive science literature. According to the EMT, the boundaries of the mind extend beyond the boundaries of skull and skin, into the world beyond. My aim in this paper is to consider the practical implications of the EMT for therapists working with sex offenders' cognitive distortions. First, I provide an overview of the key assumptions of EMT. Secondly, I draw out the major implications of this novel theory of cognition for the assessment and treatment of cognitive distortions in sex offenders. Thirdly, to make the analysis more concrete, I discuss briefly how the treatment module of cognitive restructuring could proceed according to the EMT.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13552600903263087
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Taylor & Francis
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