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Title: Effects of sad mood on facial emotion recognition in Chinese people
Authors: Lee, TMC
Ng, EHH
Tang, SW
Chan, CCH 
Keywords: Depressed mood
Facial emotion
Facial expressions
Mood
Sadness
Issue Date: 2008
Source: Psychiatry research, 2008, v. 159, no. 1-2, p. 37-43 How to cite?
Journal: Psychiatry Research 
Abstract: This study examined the influence of sad mood on the judgment of ambiguous facial emotion expressions among 47 healthy volunteers who had been induced to feel sad (n = 13), neutral (n = 15), or happy (n = 19) emotions by watching video clips. The findings suggest that when the targets were ambiguous, participants who were in a sad mood tended to classify them in the negative emotional categories rather than the positive emotional categories. Also, this observation indicates that emotion-specific negative bias in the judgment of facial expressions is associated with a sad mood. The finding argues against a general impairment in decoding facial expressions. Furthermore, the observed mood-congruent negative bias was best predicted by spatial perception. The findings of this study provide insights into the cognitive processes underlying the interpersonal difficulties experienced by people in a sad mood, which may be predisposing factors in the development of clinical depression.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/12684
ISSN: 0165-1781
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2007.04.022
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