Journal article

ATTENTIONAL PROCESSING OF FACIAL EXPRESSIONS AND GAZE DIRECTION IN DEPRESSION AND FIRST-EPISODE PSYCHOSIS AS REFLECTED BY LPP MODULATION

Jonathan WL Kettle, Nicholas B Allen

CLINICAL NEUROPSYCHIATRY | GIOVANNI FIORITI EDITORE | Published : 2019

Abstract

Objective: Facial expressions communicate emotional states and regulate social bonds. An approach or avoidancebased valence might interact with direct or averted gaze to elicit different attentional allocation. These processes might be aberrant in major depression or first-episode psychosis and this requires empirical investigation. Method: This study examined higher order, controlled attentional processing of emotional facial expressions (happy, neutral, angry and fearful), with direct or averted gaze, using electroencephalogram (EEG) measures of the face-elicited Late Positive Potential (LPP), in young people diagnosed with major depression or first-episode psychosis, compared with a healt..

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