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ERIC Number: EJ865534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1355-2600
The Extended Mind Theory of Cognitive Distortions in Sex Offenders
Ward, Tony
Journal of Sexual Aggression, v15 n3 p247-259 Nov 2009
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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