Journal article

Emotion recognition in unaffected first-degree relatives of individuals with first-episode schizophrenia

Kelly A Allott, Simon Rice, Cali F Bartholomeusz, Claudia Klier, Monika Schloegelhofer, Miriam R Schaefer, G Paul Amminger



OBJECTIVE: Impairments in recognising negative emotions are found in individuals with first-episode and chronic schizophrenia and also in those at ultra-high risk for the illness. Whether these impairments are an endophenotype for schizophrenia is unclear. To examine the heritability of emotion recognition, the aim of this study was to examine whether facial and prosody emotion recognition deficits, particularly for negative emotions, are also present in unaffected first-degree relatives of people with schizophrenia. METHODS: Face and prosody emotion recognition (ER) were examined in individuals with first-episode schizophrenia (n=30), their unaffected first-degree relatives (n=27) and healt..

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Awarded by National Bank of Austria

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia

Awarded by NHMRC, Australia

Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported by grant # 03T-315 from the Stanley Medical Research Institute and the National Bank of Austria grant # 9848. G.P.A. was supported by grant # 566529 from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), Australia; K.A. and C.B. were supported by postdoctoral clinical research training fellowships from the NHMRC, Australia (#628884 and #567042, respectively).