Investigating Homelessness and Social Cognition

  • Research type

    Research Study

  • Full title

    Investigating Homelessness and Social Cognition



  • Contact name

    Bianca Nardini

  • Contact email

  • Sponsor organisation

    University of East London

  • Duration of Study in the UK

    0 years, 9 months, 14 days

  • Research summary

    Cognitive impairments are over-represented in homeless populations compared to the general population; this is thought be a contributing factor to becoming homeless. Loss in social connections is also considered a contributing factor. Social cognition refers to the cognitive abilities underlying social communication, and evidence from brain injury literature suggest that impairments in social cognition are frequent. No study to date has explored whether a sample of homeless people present with specific impairments in social cognition.
    Participants will be recruited from a homeless hostel in East London. Residents who consent to taking part in the study will be administered a battery of cognitive tests which will last approximately 30 minutes. Participants will have the option to receive a summary of their performance on the tests.

  • REC name

    North West - Preston Research Ethics Committee

  • REC reference


  • Date of REC Opinion

    11 Aug 2022

  • REC opinion

    Further Information Favourable Opinion

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