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Social Trait Judgment and Affect Recognition from Static Faces and Video Vignettes in Schizophrenia

dc.contributor.advisorPark, Sohee
dc.contributor.authorGilling McIntosh, Lindsey
dc.description.abstractPrevious research has shown impairment in affect recognition in individuals with schizophrenia. Poor affect recognition has been associated with more severe clinical symptoms and poor social functioning. The current body of literature has not properly addressed more complex social judgments made by schizophrenics. The present study combined an affect recognition task with a social trait judgment task, using a combination of emotional faces and short video vignettes. Patients showed a general impairment in affect recognition. However, as a group, schizophrenic patients did not make significantly different judgments of trustworthiness, approachability, attractiveness, and intelligence, from either stimulus, relative to the control group. We found evidence for a positive bias in trait attribution to static faces in patients with more severe positive symptoms, particularly delusions. These findings suggest that the ability to integrate nonverbal cues for trait judgment is largely intact, but when there are few nonverbal cues to draw from in judgment formation, a positive bias in more symptomatic patients is shown for some types of judgments.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Honors Program in Psychological Sciences under the direction of Professor Sohee Park.en_US
dc.publisherVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.subjectaffect recognitionen_US
dc.subjectsocial judgmenten_US
dc.subjectemotion recognitionen_US
dc.subjectsocial cognitionen_US
dc.subjectnonverbal behavioren_US
dc.subject.lcshAffect (Psychology)en_US
dc.subject.lcshSchizophrenia -- Social aspectsen_US
dc.titleSocial Trait Judgment and Affect Recognition from Static Faces and Video Vignettes in Schizophreniaen_US
dc.title.alternativeComplex social judgment in schizophreniaen_US
dc.description.collegeCollege of Arts and Scienceen_US
dc.description.schoolVanderbilt Universityen_US
dc.description.departmentDepartment of Psychologyen_US

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