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Recognition of disgusted facial expressions in severe depression

  • Katie M. Douglas (a1) and Richard J. Porter (a1)
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Facial emotion processing was examined in patients with severe depression (n = 68) and a healthy control group (n = 50), using the Facial Expression Recognition Task. A negative interpretation bias was observed in the depression group: neutral faces were more likely to be interpreted as sad and less likely to be interpreted as happy, compared with controls. The depression group also displayed a specific deficit in the recognition of facial expressions of disgust, compared with controls. This may relate to impaired functioning of frontostriatal structures, particularly the basal ganglia.

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Professor Richard Porter, Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, PO Box 4345, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand. Email: richard.porter@otago.ac.nz
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Recognition of disgusted facial expressions in severe depression

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