Journal article

Investigating facial affect processing in psychosis: A study using the Comprehensive Affective Testing System

Susan L Rossell, Tamsyn E Van Rheenen, Nicole R Joshua, Alison O'Regan, Andrea Gogos

SCHIZOPHRENIA RESEARCH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2014

Abstract

Facial affect processing (FAP) deficits in schizophrenia (SZ) and bipolar disorder (BD) have been widely reported; although effect sizes vary across studies, and there are limited direct comparisons of the two groups. Further, there is debate as to the influence of both psychotic and mood symptoms on FAP. This study aimed to address these limitations by recruiting groups of psychosis patients with either a diagnosis of SZ or BD and comparing them to healthy controls (HC) on a well validated battery of four FAP subtests: affect discrimination, name affect, select affect and match affect. Overall, both groups performed more poorly than controls in terms of accuracy. In SZ, this was largely dri..

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