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Hedonic and disgust taste perception in borderline personality disorder and depression

  • Gonzalo Arrondo (a1), Graham K. Murray (a2), Emma Hill (a3), Bence Szalma (a1), Krishna Yathiraj (a4), Chess Denman (a3) and Robert B. Dudas (a2) (a5)...

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Depression and borderline personality disorder (BPD) are both thought to be accompanied by alterations in the subjective experience of environmental rewards. We evaluated responses in women to sweet, bitter and neutral tastes (juice, quinine and water): 29 with depression, 17 with BPD and 27 healthy controls. The BPD group gave lower pleasantness and higher disgust ratings for quinine and juice compared with the control group; the depression group did not differ significantly from the control group. Juice disgust ratings were related to self-disgust in BPD, suggesting close links between abnormal sensory processing and self-identity in BPD.

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Graham K. Murray, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge, Herchel Smith Building, Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SZ, UK. Email: gm285@cam.ac.uk

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Supported by the Wellcome Trust (093875/Z/10Z and 09814/Z/11), Medical Research Council (G0701911 and G1000183), Isaac Newton Trust, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, Talisman Trust, University of Cambridge and the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.

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Hedonic and disgust taste perception in borderline personality disorder and depression

  • Gonzalo Arrondo (a1), Graham K. Murray (a2), Emma Hill (a3), Bence Szalma (a1), Krishna Yathiraj (a4), Chess Denman (a3) and Robert B. Dudas (a2) (a5)...

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Hedonic and disgust taste perception in borderline personality disorder and depression

  • Gonzalo Arrondo (a1), Graham K. Murray (a2), Emma Hill (a3), Bence Szalma (a1), Krishna Yathiraj (a4), Chess Denman (a3) and Robert B. Dudas (a2) (a5)...
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