Biased facial emotion perception in mental health disorders: a possible target for psychological intervention?

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Abstract

Our perception of emotion in the faces of others affects our own behaviour and mood. Indeed, individuals with mood disorders such as depression and aggression often show biases in facial emotion perception. Here, we review recent and ongoing work that suggests biased emotional perception may be on the causal pathway of the onset and maintenance of mood disorders and hence, a potential target for intervention. Simple cognitive bias modification tasks that change perception of facial expressions of emotion have shown some promise as a therapeutic technique. We outline further directions to investigate the robustness and clinical impact of emotion bias modification in real-world settings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-301
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Volume26
Issue number3
Early online date14 Jun 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2017

Structured keywords

  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Cognitive Science
  • Social Cognition
  • Tobacco and Alcohol

Keywords

  • facial expression
  • emotion
  • cognitive bias modification
  • intervention
  • mood disorders

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