Social functioning and facial emotional expression in neurological and psychiatric disorders

Alizah Z. Brozgold, Joan C. Borod, Candace C. Martin, Lawrence H. Pick, Murray Alpert, Joan Welkowitz

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This study examined the relationship between facial expression and social functioning in schizophrenic, depressed, right-brain-damaged, Parkinson's disease, and normal adult participants. Raters evaluated general intensity and amount of positive and negative facial emotion while participants were producing monologues regarding pleasant and unpleasant experiences. Social functioning items were derived from three standardized inventories. Overall, patient groups displayed more negative and less positive emotion than normals, and the schizophrenic and right-brain-damaged groups showed less intense expressions than normals. Correlational analyses suggested that the more intense the facial expressions, the better the social functioning, and that the more negative emotion displayed, the poorer the social functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-23
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Neuropsychology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotion
  • Facial expression
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Right hemisphere stroke
  • Schizophrenia
  • Social functioning
  • Unipolar depression
  • Valence


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