An analysis of categorical perception of facial emotion in schizophrenia

California State University Channel Islands, United States.
Schizophrenia Research (Impact Factor: 3.92). 11/2006; 87(1-3):228-37. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2006.06.001
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Emotion perception deficits have been extensively documented in schizophrenia and are associated with poor social functioning. Yet fundamental questions about the nature and scope of these impairments remain unanswered from commonly used experimental tasks. An alternative categorical perception paradigm that focuses on distinguishing boundaries between emotions was used to evaluate whether schizophrenia patients demonstrate atypical patterns of categorical perception and a negativity bias in the identification of ambiguous facial expressions.
47 schizophrenia outpatients and 31 nonpsychiatric controls completed a forced-choice emotion identification task. Stimuli consisted of a series of digitized facial images that were morphed in 10% signal intensity increments along continua between pairs of emotions (happy-sad; fearful-happy; angry-fearful; angry-sad) and presented in a random order. For each emotion continuum, measures of the response slope and the location of the boundary shift point between emotions were calculated for each group.
The schizophrenia group demonstrated significantly shallower response curves than controls across all emotion continua. Despite these generally less precise demarcations between emotions, patients did not significantly differ from controls in the location of the shift point between emotions on any of the continua.
Schizophrenia patients demonstrated impaired categorical perception of facial expressions with generally less sharp categorizations of ambiguous stimuli to one emotion category or another. However, patients did not demonstrate a negativity bias in their processing of ambiguous facial expressions. The emotional continuum paradigm can help to clarify the nature and boundaries of affect perception deficits in schizophrenia.

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    • "Thus, it appears that the similarity of negative emotions is in part responsible for deficits in recognition accuracy in patients with schizophrenia. The errors in the attribution and categorization of emotions, found in the current study and previously reported elsewhere (Kee et al., 2006; Kohler et al., 2003), may contribute to some of the deficits in socialization observed in schizophrenia, in that intended meanings behind subtle or ambiguous emotional cues may be misinterpreted. This tendency towards misinterpretation might be one reason why patients with paranoid schizophrenia frequently misjudge the language or behavior of others as persecutory, potentially contributing to the development of delusions. "
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    • "В основном в качестве объектов восприятия используется материал, созданный на основе представлений о базовых эмоциях и культурной универсальности их проявлений в мимике и оценок наблюдателями (Ekman, 1994; Ekman, Friesen, 1978). Существует целый ряд исследований, посвященных категориальному восприятию выражений базовых эмоций на лице — как взрослыми (Calder et al., 1996; Fugate, 2013; de Gelder et al., 1997; Young et al., 1997), так и детьми и младенцами (Cheal, Rutherford, 2011; Kotsoni et al., 2001), а также при различных нарушениях психики (Kee et al., 2006; Teunisse, de Gelder, 2001). Вместе с тем имеющиеся на сегодняшний день результаты зачастую являются противоречивыми и неоднородными: так, в ряде работ эффекта категориальности не наблюдалось на отдельных эмоциональных экспрессиях (например, при различении переходных экспрессий между гневом и радостью или гневом и страхом — см. "
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