Emotion recognition in Chinese people with schizophrenia

Che Hin Chan, Raymond Wong, Kai Wang, Tatia M.C. Lee

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This study examined whether people with paranoid or nonparanoid schizophrenia would show emotion-recognition deficits, both facial and prosodic. Furthermore, this study examined the neuropsychological predictors of emotion-recognition ability in people with schizophrenia. Participants comprised 86 people, of whom: 43 were people diagnosed with schizophrenia and 43 were controls. The 43 clinical participants were placed in either the paranoid group (n = 19) or the nonparanoid group (n = 24). Each participant was administered the Facial Emotion Recognition task and the Prosodic Recognition task, together with other neuropsychological measures of attention and visual perception. People suffering from nonparanoid schizophrenia were found to have deficits in both facial and prosodic emotion recognition, after correction for the differences in the intelligence and depression scores between the two groups. Furthermore, spatial perception was observed to be the best predictor of facial emotion identification in individuals with nonparanoid schizophrenia, whereas attentional processing control predicted both prosodic emotion identification and discrimination in nonparanoid schizophrenia patients. Our findings suggest that patients with schizophrenia in remission may still suffer from impairment of certain aspects of emotion recognition.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalPsychiatry Research
Issue number1-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2008


  • Emotion expression
  • Emotion-recognition deficits
  • Facial emotion
  • Neuropsychological function
  • Prosody
  • Psychosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry


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