Judgment of emotion among chronic schizophrenics

Louis H. Muzekari, Marsha E. Bates

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This study investigated accuracy of judgment as to posed facial experessions and nonverbal scenes of various emotions. Ss were 16 male and 16 female chronic schizophrenics and a normal control group of equal size and sex composition. The results revealed that normal Ss were significantly more accurate than schizophrenics in indentifying emotions from both posed photographs of the face and nonverbal videotape scenes, S sex was not found to affect differentially the schizophrenic or normal Ss' response accuracy to both the photographs and videotapes. Further, it was observed that both groups' accuracy improved when given multiple‐choice alternatives to select from as contrasted to their open‐ended free responses; this was especially true for the schizophrenic group. Teaching patients to identify and practice expressing discrete emotions was suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)662-666
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1977
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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