Patterns of Emotion Attribution are Affected in Patients with Schizophrenia

  1. Romero Ferreiro, Verónica
  2. Aguado Aguilar, Luis
  3. Rodríguez Torresano, Javier
  4. Palomo Alvarez, Tomás
  5. Rodríguez Jiménez, Roberto
The Spanish Journal of Psychology

ISSN: 1138-7416

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 18

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1017/SJP.2015.60 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor

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JCR (Journal Impact Factor)

  • Year 2015
  • Journal Impact Factor: 0.493
  • Journal Impact Factor without self cites: 0.447
  • Article influence score: 0.256
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: PSYCHOLOGY, MULTIDISCIPLINARY Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 105/129 (Ranking edition: SSCI)

SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2015
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.275
  • Best Quartile: Q2
  • Area: Linguistics and Language Quartile: Q2 Rank in area: 243/862
  • Area: Psychology (miscellaneous) Quartile: Q3 Rank in area: 148/254

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  • Year 2015
  • Journal Impact: 0.250
  • Field: PSICOLOGÍA Quartile: C2 Rank in field: 43/115


  • Social Sciences: A
  • Human Sciences: A

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  • Year 2015
  • CiteScore of the Journal : 1.5
  • Area: Language and Linguistics Percentile: 80
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Deficits in facial affect recognition have been repeatedly reported in schizophrenia patients. The hypothesis that this deficit is caused by poorly differentiated cognitive representation of facial expressions was tested in this study. To this end, performance of patients with schizophrenia and controls was compared in a new emotion-rating task. This novel approach allowed the participants to rate each facial expression at different times in terms of different emotion labels. Results revealed that patients tended to give higher ratings to emotion labels that did not correspond to the portrayed emotion, especially in the case of negative facial expressions (p < .001, ? 2 = .131). Although patients and controls gave similar ratings when the emotion label matched with the facial expression, patients gave higher ratings on trials with "incorrect" emotion labels (p s < .05). Comparison of patients and controls in a summary index of expressive ambiguity showed that patients perceived angry, fearful and happy faces as more emotionally ambiguous than did the controls (p < .001, ? 2 = .135). These results are consistent with the idea that the cognitive representation of emotional expressions in schizophrenia is characterized by less clear boundaries and a less close correspondence between facial configurations and emotional states.

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