Facial affect recognition and schizotypy

Williams, Beth T., Henry, Julie D. and Green, Melissa J. (2007) Facial affect recognition and schizotypy. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 1 2: 177-182. doi:10.1111/j.1751-7893.2007.00023.x

Author Williams, Beth T.
Henry, Julie D.
Green, Melissa J.
Title Facial affect recognition and schizotypy
Journal name Early Intervention in Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1751-7885
Publication date 2007-01-01
Year available 2007
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1751-7893.2007.00023.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 1
Issue 2
Start page 177
End page 182
Total pages 6
Place of publication United States
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Deficits in facial affect recognition are well documented in schizophrenia, and have been associated with reduced social functioning and interpersonal difficulties. The aim of the present study was to test the possibility that facial affect recognition deficits represent an endophenotypic marker of schizophrenia liability by testing this capacity in individuals with the predisposition to symptoms of schizophrenia.

Eight hundred and forty-three psychologically healthy participants completed the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire of which 28 scoring in the upper 15% (high-schizotypy group) and 28 scoring in the lower 15% (low-schizotypy group) completed measures of facial affect identification, facial affect discrimination, facial identity recognition, and a measure of negative affect.

After controlling for group differences in negative affect and facial identity recognition, negative (but not positive or disorganized) aspects of schizotypy were found to be significantly associated with reduced facial affect discrimination and facial affect recognition accuracy, and in particular, difficulties with the identification of negative emotions.

These results provide limited support for the potential trait status of facial affect recognition deficits in schizophrenia and schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and suggest that these deficits may be particularly associated with the predisposition to negative symptoms of schizophrenia.
Keyword emotion recognition
Facial affect
Negative symptom
Schizophrenia spectrum
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Psychology Publications
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