Effects of sad mood on facial emotion recognition in Chinese people

Tatia M.C. Lee, Emily H.H. Ng, S. W. Tang, Che Hin Chan

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Abstract

This study examined the influence of sad mood on the judgment of ambiguous facial emotion expressions among 47 healthy volunteers who had been induced to feel sad (n = 13), neutral (n = 15), or happy (n = 19) emotions by watching video clips. The findings suggest that when the targets were ambiguous, participants who were in a sad mood tended to classify them in the negative emotional categories rather than the positive emotional categories. Also, this observation indicates that emotion-specific negative bias in the judgment of facial expressions is associated with a sad mood. The finding argues against a general impairment in decoding facial expressions. Furthermore, the observed mood-congruent negative bias was best predicted by spatial perception. The findings of this study provide insights into the cognitive processes underlying the interpersonal difficulties experienced by people in a sad mood, which may be predisposing factors in the development of clinical depression.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)37-43
Number of pages7
JournalPsychiatry Research
Volume159
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2008

Keywords

  • Depressed mood
  • Facial emotion
  • Facial expressions
  • Mood
  • Sadness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry

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