Facial Emotion Recognition Deficits in Schizophrenia and Research Portfolio

Bell, Nicholas (1995) Facial Emotion Recognition Deficits in Schizophrenia and Research Portfolio. D Clin Psy thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Despite a growing body of research, there have been conflicting findings in relation to the question of whether schizophrenic patients show a specific facial emotion recognition deficit. This is possibly due to a number of methodological problems identified in previous studies. The present study aimed to determine whether a specific facial emotion recognition impairment occurs in schizophrenia or whether this deficit is part of a more generalized deficit, perhaps linked to variables such as institutionalization. 17 schizophrenic patients were matched to 17 affective disorder patients in terms of approximate length of institutionalization, education and age group. All subjects were administered recently standardized tests of facial emotion identification, facial emotion discrimination and a facial recognition (independent of affect) control task. The results indicated a generalized deficit (possibly in perception of complex visual stimuli or attention) including both facial emotion perception and facial recognition relative to psychiatric controls of similar educational and institutional background. Implications and methodological considerations are discussed.

Item Type: Thesis (D Clin Psy)
Qualification Level: Doctoral
Additional Information: Adviser: Julia Clark
Keywords: Clinical psychology, Mental health
Date of Award: 1995
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1995-74838
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 27 Sep 2019 15:55
Last Modified: 27 Sep 2019 15:55
URI: https://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/74838

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