Rodrigo Becerra

Rodrigo Becerra
University of Western Australia | UWA · School of Psychological Science

Master of Clinical Psychology; PhD in Philosophy

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January 2008 - May 2017
Edith Cowan University
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Loneliness, a negative emotion stemming from the perception of unmet social needs, is a major public health concern. Current interventions often target social domains but produce small effects and are not as effective as established emotion regulation (ER)-based interventions for general psychological distress (i.e., depression/anxiety). Given that...
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Objective: The process model of emotion regulation posits beliefs about emotions inform regulation processes, affecting mental-health outcomes. Beliefs that emotions can be controlled (i.e., control beliefs, underpinning traditional Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and accepted (i.e., acceptance beliefs, underpinning Acceptance and Commitment Therapy),...
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Alexithymia refers to difficulties identifying feelings (DIF), describing feelings (DDF), and externally orientated thinking (EOT). Originally conceptualised by American psychiatrists, some researchers have since questioned the validity and application of this construct in Asian cultures. However, to date, there is little empirical work formally as...
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Empathy, the ability to infer and share others’ affective states, plays a vital role in social interactions. However, no existing scale comprehensively assesses empathy’s cognitive and affective components across positive and negative emotional valence domains. This paper explores the latent structure of the empathy construct and attempts to remedy...
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Alexithymia is a trait characterised by difficulties in processing emotions. It is a key transdiagnostic risk factor for emotion-based psychopathologies. Conceptual models specify that this is likely because alexithymia impairs emotion regulation. However, the precise nature of emotion regulation patterns in alexithymia remains underexplored. Our a...
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Apathy and depression are common sequelae of acquired brain injury (ABI). Apathy is a syndrome characterized by diminished motivation and purposeful behaviours. Depression is a mood disorder featuring sadness, worthlessness, anhedonia and suicidal ideation. Both are associated negatively with activities of daily living (ADL), the skills required to...
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Freely available for use. The Perth Empathy Scale (PES) is a 20-item self-report measure of empathy ability. The PES measures people's ability to recognise emotions in others (cognitive empathy) and vicariously experience other's emotions (affective empathy), across positive and negative emotions. Copyright Brett, Becerra, Maybery, Preece (in press...
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Background : Alexithymia is a multidimensional personality trait comprised of difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, and externally oriented thinking. The assessment of alexithymia in people with acquired brain injury (ABI) is of clinical interest because alexithymia is linked to poor psychosocial functioning and community...
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Alexithymia is the inability to identify and describe one’s own emotions. Some research suggests that organic alexithymia may occur after acquired brain injury (ABI). However, the results in the literature are inconsistent, when comparisons are made against healthy controls. Furthermore, a precise estimate of alexithymia prevalence in the ABI popul...
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Alexithymia was developed based on the Western notion that emotions are useful and should be the focus of attention. Recent research found that Asians, purported to believe that emotions may be harmful, are more alexithymic than Westerners. This research raises questions about the validity and application of the alexithymia construct in Asian cultu...
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We found that different autistic trait dimensions relate differently to components of alexithymia. In turn, different alexithymia components mediated the relationships between autistic trait dimensions and anxiety. The results highlight the utility of addressing difficulties in appraising positive and negative emotions for individuals with higher l...
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Introduction/Background: Cognitive behaviour therapy often focuses on improving emotion regulation skills, so the assessment of emotion regulation is important. People regulate both negative and positive emotions, and their ability to do this successfully is a cornerstone of adaptive psychological functioning. However, until recently, few measures...
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Background Ever since alexithymia was defined in the 1970s, robust associations have been observed between alexithymia and a variety of symptoms of psychopathology. Alexithymia is now widely regarded as an important transdiagnostic risk factor, and it is frequently assessed in clinical and research settings. However, despite this strong interest, i...
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Paper presented at the 2021 Conference on Transdiagnostic Approaches, 24th September, Manchester, United Kingdom (Online). Background: Ever since alexithymia was defined in the 1970s, robust associations have been observed between alexithymia and a variety of symptoms of psychopathology. Alexithymia is now widely regarded as an important transdiag...
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Alexithymia is a trait composed of difficulties identifying feelings (DIF), difficulties describing feelings (DDF), and externally orientated thinking (EOT). It is an important transdiagnostic risk factor for psychosomatic disorders and other types of emotion-based psychopathologies, and can reduce the efficacy of some treatment approaches. Alexith...
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People regulate both negative and positive emotions, and their ability to do this successfully is a cornerstone of adaptive psychological functioning. However, few measures have been available to assess emotion regulation ability across both valence domains. The Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI) was recently developed for this p...
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Apathy and depression are common sequelae of acquired brain injury. Apathy is a syndrome characterized by diminished motivation and purposeful behaviours. Depression is a mood disorder featuring sadness, worthlessness, anhedonia and suicidal ideation. Both are associated negatively with activities of daily living, the skills required to fulfil basi...
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THIS PRE-PRINT IS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW AT AN ACADEMIC JOURNAL. Alexithymia is a trait composed of difficulties identifying feelings (DIF), difficulties describing feelings (DDF), and externally orientated thinking (EOT). It is an important transdiagnostic risk factor for psychosomatic disorders and other types of emotion-based psychopathologies,...
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This is a Spanish version of the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire (PAQ). It was translated from the original English version by Rodrigo Becerra, David Preece, Carmen Gloria Baeza, and Ana Maria Fernandez. This Spanish translation has been validated and published in Frontiers in Psychiatry (Psychosomatic Medicine Section).
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Loneliness is a risk factor for mental disorders and is a significant and growing public health issue, but to date, loneliness interventions have had limited success. We propose that an emotion regulation perspective might be useful for understanding loneliness and for suggesting new treatment targets. In this study, our aim was to test the basis f...
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People regulate both negative and positive emotions, and their ability to do this successfully is a cornerstone of adaptive psychological functioning. However, few measures have been available to assess emotion regulation ability across both valence domains. The Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI) was recently developed for this p...
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Background: Difficulties in emotion regulation are a key risk factor for affective disorders. The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) is a 10-item measure of two emotion regulation strategies, cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression. It is widely used tool in the United States, however, most psychometric studies of the ERQ have so far b...
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Alexithymia is a trait involving difficulty identifying feelings, difficulty describing feelings, and externally orientated thinking. Over the past two decades, it has usually been assessed using the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). Recently, the Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire (PAQ) was developed to provide more detailed facet-level (an...
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Objective: There is ongoing uncertainty about the structure and definition of alexithymia. Conceptually, alexithymia has traditionally been defined as a multidimensional trait with four components: difficulty identifying feelings , difficulty describing feelings , externally orientated thinking , and difficulty fantasizing . However, some authors s...
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The ERQ-F (Preece et al., 2020) is a 6-item self-report measure of the extent to which people habitually use daydreaming or fantasizing as a strategy to regulate their emotions. It is based on the same instruction/item format as Gross and John’s (2003) widely used Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (a measure of two other emotion regulation strategie...
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People’s beliefs about emotions may be grouped into two main categories: beliefs about the controllability of emotions and beliefs about the usefulness of emotions. These beliefs influence emotion regulation efforts and mental health, so the assessment of these beliefs is important. However, few psychometric measures are available, particularly for...
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Freely available for use. The Emotion Beliefs Questionnaire (EBQ; Becerra, Preece, & Gross, 2020) is a 16-item self-report measure of beliefs about emotions. Based on Ford and Gross’s (2019) theoretical framework, the EBQ assesses two main categories of beliefs about emotions: beliefs about the controllability of emotions and beliefs about the usef...
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Alexithymia is a multidimensional trait comprised of difficulties identifying feelings, difficulties describing feelings, and externally orientated thinking. It is most commonly assessed using the 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20). However, over the past two decades, some authors have suggested that the TAS-20 might assess current levels o...
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The Emotion Regulation Questionnaire (ERQ) is a 10-item self-report measure of two emotion regulation strategies; cognitive reappraisal and expressive suppression. It is a widely used measure of emotion regulation, however, its factor structure has rarely been examined outside of university student samples, and some authors have recently questioned...
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“So, how does that make you feel?” It’s a cliché question that psychologists do often ask in the therapy room, and it is asked for a good reason, because successfully processing and managing emotions is very important for mental health. For some people though, it’s a question they find almost impossible to answer. These are people with high levels...
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Emotion regulation problems underlie the abnormal levels of negative or positive emotion that characterise many forms of psychopathology. Several self-report measures of emotion regulation ability exist, but many are inconsistent with contemporary emotion regulation theory, and none comprehensively assess this construct across both negative and pos...
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Freely available for use. The Perth Emotion Regulation Competency Inventory (PERCI) is a 32-item self-report measure of emotion regulation ability. The PERCI measures people’s ability to modify the experiential and behavioral manifestations of their emotions, as well as people’s ability to know when it is appropriate to activate a goal to regulate...
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This is the Excel version of the Black Swan Psychometric Companion. It is a programmed Excel sheet, designed by the team at Black Swan Psychological Assessment & Therapy, which auto-scores a variety of common psychological questionnaires. Subscale and composite scores will be automatically calculated for these questionnaires, compared to a referenc...
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There has been a substantial growth in empirical research aimed at examining the co-occurrence of alexithymia and problematic alcohol use and alcohol use disorder (AUD) since Thorberg, Young, Sullivan, & Lyvers (2009) original review article. The objective of the present paper is therefore to provide a critical update review of research on alexithy...
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Alexithymia is a trait comprising people’s ability to focus attention on and accurately appraise their own emotions. Its assessment is of clinical interest because people who have difficulty processing their negative and positive emotions are more vulnerable to developing psychopathology symptoms, however, existing alexithymia measures cannot compr...
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Freely available for use. The Perth Alexithymia Questionnaire (PAQ) is a 24-item self-report measure of alexithymia. Alexithymia is a multidimensional construct comprised of three components: difficulty identifying one’s own feelings (DIF); difficulty describing feelings (DDF); and an externally orientated thinking style (EOT) whereby one tends to...
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The 20-item Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) is a self-report questionnaire designed to measure the three components of alexithymia; difficulty identifying feelings in the self (DIF), difficulty describing feelings (DDF), and externally orientated thinking (EOT). We examined the scale’s psychometric properties in Australian nonclinical (N=428) an...
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The Perth Emotional Reactivity Scale (PERS) is a 30-item self-report measure of trait levels of emotional reactivity. In this article, we examine the psychometric properties of the PERS subscale and composite scores in an adult community sample (N = 428), and develop an 18-item short form of the measure (PERS-S). The PERS and PERS-S are designed to...
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Freely available for use. The Perth Emotional Reactivity Scale-Short Form (PERS-S) is an 18-item short form of the 30-item PERS. The PERS-S is designed to measure trait levels of emotional reactivity. That is, measure the typical ease of activation, intensity, and duration of one’s emotional responses, and do so for negative and positive emotions s...
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Abstract Mindfulness practice is becoming an accepted psychological intervention used in clinical settings to help enhance attention. To date however relatively few randomised control trial (RCT) studies have investigated the effect of mindfulness training on attentional skills in novice practitioners. This study examined the effect of daily mindfu...
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Alexithymia is an important mental health construct, but there is continuing debate regarding its definition and measurement. We attempt to resolve this definitional uncertainty in two ways. Firstly, we trace the development of the alexithymia construct, focusing particularly on what we call the Toronto and Amsterdam models, and examine a body of e...
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Objectives: A cross-sectional empirical design was used to compare differences in alexithymia between Australian psychiatric and community samples and examine the influence of sample type on the relation between alexithymia and psychological distress. Method: Psychiatric outpatients (N = 151) and a convenience sample of the general community (N...
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Despite the increasing number of studies examining the effects of mindfulness interventions on symptoms associated with Bipolar Disorder (BD), the effectiveness of this type of interventions remains unclear. The aim of the present systematic review was to (i) critically review all available evidence on Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) as...
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The Perth Emotional Reactivity Scale (PERS) is a newly developed 30-item self-report measure of emotional reactivity (affective style). The PERS measures the typical ease of activation, intensity, and duration of one’s emotional responses, and importantly does so for negative and positive emotions separately. We examined the psychometric properties...
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Freely available for use. The Perth Emotional Reactivity Scale (PERS) is a 30-item self report questionnaire designed to measure trait levels of emotional reactivity. That is, measure the typical ease of activation, intensity, and duration of one’s emotional responses, and do so for negative and positive emotions separately.
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Background. Executive functioning (EF) deficits contribute to a significant proportion of the burden of disease associated with bipolar disorder (BD). Yet, there is still debate in the literature regarding the exact profile of executive functioning in BD. The purpose of the present project was to assess whether EF deficits exist among adults suffe...
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Neurocognitive impairment in Bipolar Disorder (BD) has been widely reported, even during remission. Neurocognitive impairment has been identified as a contributing factor towards unfavourable psychosocial functioning within this population. The objective of this review was to investigate the association between neurocognitive impairment and occupat...
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Objective: Given the importance of emotion regulation (ER) in the aetiology and/or maintenance of psychopathology, we investigated subjective reports of ER in a group of bipolar individuals and compared the results to a group of depressed and healthy control participants. Additionally, we explored the impact of psychotropic medication on ER. Method...
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Objective: To examine the neuropsychological outcomes for an adult patient, 2 years after receiving microsurgery and conventional radiotherapy for a recurrent craniopharyngioma; and the impact of a further intervention, stereotactic radiotherapy, on this level of neuropsychological functioning. Participant: JD, a 30 year old male whose recurrent...
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This study explores the predictive value of various clinical, neuropsychological, functional, and emotion regulation processes for recovery in Bipolar Disorder. Clinical and demographic information was collected for 27 euthymic or residually depressed BD participants. Seventy one percent of the sample reported some degree of impairment in psychosoc...
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To critically review the literature on Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) within Mood Disorder populations. GSR profiles were examined for the various types of Mood Disorder and their association with comorbidity, suicidality and predispositions. This review examined studies with emotional and non-emotional stimuli whilst aiming to identify a Mood Disord...
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Abstract: Alexithymia in an Australian Psychiatric and community sample The current study had three aims: 1. To evaluate the psychometric properties of the Toronto Alexithymia Scale (TAS-20) in an Australian psychiatric and community sample; 2. To investigate the differences in the pattern of prevalence between these two samples; and 3. To investi...
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According to the Biosocial theory, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is developed by a biological predisposition to hyperarousal and hyperreactivity combined with an invalidating environment. Although widely supported by subjective measures, the impaired insight present in BPD may skew results, and thus psychophysiological measures have been su...
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The goal of this article is to provide a review of the literature on conceptual aspects and measurement of emotional reactivity, and to propose a new measurement of emotional reactivity that addresses the problems identified in the review. We discussed the Behavioral Inhibition/Behavioral Activation (BIS/BAS) scale, the Early Adolescence Temperamen...
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Objective: This study investigated the profile of emotion dysregulation in Bipolar Disorder (BD) and compared it to Unipolar Depression, Anxiety, and Healthy control groups. Methods: 148 euthymic patients diagnosed with BD (n = 48), Unipolar Depressive disorder (n = 50), Anxiety disorder (n = 50), and a Healthy Control (HC) group (n = 48) were eval...
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Objectives: To undertake a critical review of the literature on emotional processing (EP) in bipolar patients in remission. This literature review focuses on a number of dimensions of EP including facial emotion recognition, emotional memory, affective theory of mind (ToM), affective attention and affective auditory information processing. Method...