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Moosavian E, Hadianfard H. Investigating The Role Of Facial Emotion Recognition As An Independent Function From Cognitive Performance In Patients With Schizophrenia. Advances in Cognitive Science. 2014; 15 (4) :1-7
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1- MSc., Department of clinical Psychology, School of Education and Psychology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran ,Shiraz,Iran.
2- PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of clinical Psychology, School of Education and Psychology, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.
Abstract:   (254 Views)
Introduction: numerous studies have examined the facial emotion recognition in patients with schizophrenia with the majority reporting impaired ability to recognize emotions, however the question whether this reflects distinct functional deficits or is secondary to a global cognitive impairment, has not been well explored. The purpose of our study was to explain such inconsistent findings in a new perspective. We hypothesized that facial affect recognition is a distinct function since the accurate facial emotion recognition requires several cognitive performance to support the ability of identifying the affects correctly.
Method: the study was implemented on 55 patients with schizophrenia (19 male and 36 female). The ‘verbal paired associates’ subtest of Wechsler Memory Scale Revised (WMS_R), ‘picture arrangement subtest’ of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) and the continuous performance test (CPT) were used to assess the participants’ cognitive functions. Facial emotion recognition was examined following the presentation of images of facial emotions according to Ekman and Friesen (1976).
Results: while findings suggested a significant correlation for all variables (p<0/001), t-test results failed to show any significant difference between the two groups of patients (impaired and unimpaired in facial emotion recognition) in terms of their cognitive performance.
Conclusion: facial emotion recognition appears to be a distinct cognitive feature which contributes to the heterogeneity of the disorder. These results may have implications for psychological rehabilitation to increase facial emotion recognition as distinct cognitive function. 
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Type of Study: Research | Subject: Special
Received: 2013/08/19 | Accepted: 2013/10/23 | Published: 2013/12/22

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