Psychological, interpersonal and social functioning in MS: the role of theory of mind.

Exploring if there is a relationship between understanding other people’s thoughts/intentions and functional outcomes in MS e.g. mood, relationship quality and social engagement.


  • Multiple sclerosis

Project type

  • Understanding the condition

About the project

Theory of mind refers to an individual’s ability to understand that other people have their own thoughts, opinions and beliefs which can differ from our own. Theory of mind is important in social interactions as it allows us to adapt our behaviour and know what information to communicate to others, building on what they already know. Our research wants to find out if, for someone with multiple sclerosis, their theory of mind abilities impact upon their mood, relationship quality and social engagement.

The project will be recruiting participants through the Anne Rowling Clinic. The study is aiming to recruit between 20 and 30 individuals with a diagnosis of MS through the Clinic and will also be recruiting individuals from NHS Fife.



Closed – analysing data


Rachel Gibson, Trainee Clinical Psychologist
01383 565402

Eligibility criteria

  • Diagnosis of MS
  • Aged between 18 and 65 years.

Other eligibility criteria apply. Please contact us for more information.