The comic-strips attribution of intention task was designed designed by Yves Sarfati and colleagues to test the attribution of intentions to others (one part of theory of mind skills) in schizophrenia. It consists of short stories involving an intentional agent. The subject has to determine among three pictures which one is the most logical ending of the story. This task allowed many behavioral and neurofunctional investigations with several techniques (PET, EEG, MEG). Eye tracking data are also published.





Brunet, E., Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Baylé, M. 2003. Reasoning About Physical Causality and Other's Intentions in Schizophrenia. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry  8(2), 129-139.

Brunet, E., Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Baylé, M.C., Decety, J. 2000. A PET investigation of the attribution of intentions with a nonverbal task. NeuroImage  11(2), 157-166.

Brunet, E., Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Baylé, M.C., Decety, J. 2003. Abnormalities of brain function during a nonverbal theory of mind task in schizophrenia. Neuropsychologia  41(12), 1574-1582.

Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Bayle, M.C. 1999. How do people with schizophrenia explain the behaviour of others? A study of theory of mind and its relationship to thought and speech disorganization in schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine  29(3), 613-620.

Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Bayle, M.C., Besche, C., Widlocher, D. 1997. Attribution of intentions to others in people with schizophrenia: a non-verbal exploration with comic strips. Schizophrenia Research  25(3), 199-209.

Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Bayle, M.C., Brunet, E., Widlocher, D. 1999. Investigating theory of mind in schizophrenia: influence of verbalization in disorganized and non-disorganized patients. Schizophrenia Research  37(2), 183-190.

Sarfati, Y., Hardy-Baylé, M.C., Nadel, J., Chevalier, J.F., Widlocher, D. 1997. Attribution of mental states to others by schizophrenic patients. Cognitive Neuropsychiatry  2(1), 1-17.

Sarfati, Y., Passerieux, C., Hardy-Bayle, M. 2000. Can verbalization remedy the theory of mind deficit in schizophrenia? Psychopathology  33(5), 246-251.

Vistoli, D., Brunet-Gouet, E., Baup-Bobin, E., Hardy-Bayle, M.C., Passerieux, C. 2011. Anatomical and temporal architecture of theory of mind: a MEG insight into the early stages. NeuroImage  54(2), 1406-1414.

Vistoli, D., Brunet-Gouet, E., Lemoalle, A., Hardy-Bayle, M.C., Passerieux, C. 2011. Abnormal temporal and parietal magnetic activations during the early stages of theory of mind in schizophrenic patients. Soc Neurosci, 1-11.

Vistoli, D., Passerieux, C., El Zein, M., Clumeck, C., Braun, S., Brunet-Gouet, E. 2015. Characterizing an ERP correlate of intentions understanding using a sequential comic strips paradigm. Soc Neurosci  10(4), 391-407.