Extending the mind into the world : a new theory of cognitive distortions in sex offenders

Ward, Tony and Casey, Allanah 2010, Extending the mind into the world : a new theory of cognitive distortions in sex offenders, Aggression and violent behavior, vol. 15, no. 1, January-February, pp. 49-58, doi: 10.1016/j.avb.2009.08.002.

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Title Extending the mind into the world : a new theory of cognitive distortions in sex offenders
Author(s) Ward, Tony
Casey, Allanah
Journal name Aggression and violent behavior
Volume number 15
Issue number 1
Season January-February
Start page 49
End page 58
Publisher Elsevier Science
Place of publication New York, N. Y.
Publication date 2010-01
ISSN 1359-1789
Keyword(s) extended mind
cognitive distortions
sex offenders
Summary A recent trend in cognitive science and neuroscience has been the stress on the importance of human embodiment for cognitive development and the way external factors can be viewed as part of human beings' extended cognitive system (Clark, 2008; Johnson, 2007). Our aim in this paper is to present the extended mind theory (EMT) and outline its implications for understanding and treating cognitive distortions in sex offenders. We will first briefly examine the two most prominent theories of cognitive distortions in the sexual offending arena, Abel et al.'s (1984) post offense theory and Ward's (2000) implicit theory model. We will then examine their limitations and provide an overview of the EMT. Finally, we will apply the EMT to the sexual offending area and demonstrate the advantages of this novel conception of cognition.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.avb.2009.08.002
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, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30034226

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