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Facial Affect Recognition and Interpretation in Adolescents with Bipolar Disorder

by LONG, ELIZABETH A.

Abstract (Summary)
This study sought to replicate the finding that adolescents with bipolar disorder (BPD) have facial affect processing deficits as well as to examine the relationship between these labeling deficits and social choices based on affective information. Participants with bipolar disorder were compared with healthy adolescents on tasks of facial affect recognition, facial recognition, attention, and facial affect interpretation. These results suggest that adolescents with BPD have mild reductions in their ability to label emotions relative to healthy adolescents. Additionally, response speed was shown to be quicker for those with bipolar disorder when making social judgments about happy, angry and neutral faces. No significant differences were found between groups when making social judgments with respect to accuracy. Finally, groups did not differ with respect to response speed when labeling or making forced choice judgments about affect.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:adolescent bipolar disorder facial affect recognition emotional processing

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Date of Publication:01/01/2008

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