Effects of emotion perception training on mood in undergraduate students: randomised controlled trial

Ian S Penton-Voak, Helen Bate, Glyn Lewis, Marcus R Munafò

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Abstract

We investigated the effects of emotion perception training on depressive symptoms and mood in young adults reporting high levels of depressive symptoms (trial registration: ISRCTN02532638). Participants were randomised to an intervention procedure designed to increase the perception of happiness over sadness in ambiguous facial expressions or a control procedure, and completed self-report measures of depressive symptoms and mood. Those in the intervention condition had lower depressive symptoms and negative mood at 2-week follow-up, but there was no statistical evidence for a difference. There was some evidence for increased positive mood. Modification of emotional perception may lead to an increase in positive affect.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)71-72
Number of pages2
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Volume201
Issue number1
Early online date2 Jul 2012
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012

Structured keywords

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

Keywords

  • Young Adult
  • Facial Expression
  • Biofeedback, Psychology
  • Depression
  • Perception
  • Humans
  • Adult
  • Affect
  • Students
  • Happiness
  • Male
  • Female

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