Journal article

Characterization of facial emotion recognition in bipolar disorder: Focus on emotion mislabelling and neutral expressions

Lisa S Furlong, Susan L Rossell, James A Karantonis, Vanessa L Cropley, Matthew Hughes, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen



Increasing evidence suggests that facial emotion recognition is impaired in bipolar disorder (BD). However, patient-control differences are small owing to ceiling effects on the tasks used to assess them. The extant literature is also limited by a relative absence of attention towards identifying patterns of emotion misattribution or understanding whether neutral faces are mislabelled in the same way as ones displaying emotion. We addressed these limitations by comparing facial emotion recognition performance in BD patients and healthy controls on a novel and challenging task. Thirty-four outpatients with BD I and 32 demographically matched healthy controls completed a facial emotion recogni..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank all the participants who took part in this study. The authors thank Professor Denny Meyer (Swinburne University) for providing input on signal detection. This work was supported by the National Health and Medical Research Council [grant numbers 1088785, 1154651, and 1177370]; the National Imaging Facility; Australian Rotary Health; the Ian Parker Bipolar Research Fund; Brunslea Park Estate; Swinburne University of Technology; and the University of Melbourne. The authors acknowledge the facilities and scientific assistance of the National Imaging Facility, a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) capability, at the Swinburne Neuroimaging Facility, Swinburne University of Technology.