The relationship between affect expression and affect recognition in schizophrenia

  • Shaw R
  • Dong M
  • Lim K
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Abstract

To examine the relationship between affect expression and affect recognition, we assessed 30 clinically stable, medicated schizophrenic inpatients. Affect expression was assessed using both a standard clinical rating scale (SANS) and a computerized acoustic voice analysis (VOXCOM). Affect recognition was assessed using the Florida Affect Battery (FAB). The schizophrenics' performance on the FAB was impaired, indicating broad deficits in affect recognition (p < 0.05). There were no significant correlations between measures of affect expression and affect recognition, suggesting that the expressive impairment in schizophrenia is not related to their ability to discern emotions in others. SANS Inappropriate Affect, however, was negatively correlated with facial affect recognition (p = 0.001), suggesting that raters impression of inappropriate affect may indicate a failure in the process of affect attunement.

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  • Affect
  • Schizophrenia
  • VOXCOM

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Authors

  • Richard J. Shaw

  • Melissa Dong

  • Kelvin O. Lim

  • William O. Faustman

  • Enrique R. Pouget

  • Murray Alpert

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