Emotion perception in Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorder in old age

Phillips, Louise H., Scott, Clare, Henry, Julie D., Mowat, Donald and Bell, J. Stephen (2010) Emotion perception in Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorder in old age. Psychology and Aging, 25 1: 38-47. doi:10.1037/a0017369

Author Phillips, Louise H.
Scott, Clare
Henry, Julie D.
Mowat, Donald
Bell, J. Stephen
Title Emotion perception in Alzheimer’s disease and mood disorder in old age
Journal name Psychology and Aging   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0882-7974
Publication date 2010-03-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0017369
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 25
Issue 1
Start page 38
End page 47
Total pages 10
Place of publication Washington, DC, U.S.A.
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Difficulties in understanding emotional signals might have important implications for social interactions in old age. In this study we investigated emotion perception skills involved in decoding facial expressions of emotion in healthy older adults, compared with those with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or late-life mood disorder (MD). Although those with MD were mildly impaired in identifying emotional expressions, this was not caused by negative biases in choosing labels. Emotion decoding performance in AD was much more impaired, particularly when relatively subtle expressions were presented. Difficulties in choosing between labels to describe an emotional face were predicted by executive dysfunction, whereas impaired ability to match 2 emotional faces was related to general difficulties with face perception. Across all 3 groups, problems with emotion perception predicted quality of life independently of variance predicted by cognitive function and mood, indicating the potential importance of emotion decoding skills in the well-being of older adults.
© 2010 American Psychological Association.
Keyword Alzheimer's disease
Emotion perception
Late-life mood disorder
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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