Emotional response deficits in schizophrenia: insights from affective science

Schizophr Bull. 2008 Sep;34(5):819-34. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbn071. Epub 2008 Jun 25.


Our understanding of the emotional features of schizophrenia has benefited greatly from the adoption of methods and theory from the field of affective science. This article covers basic concepts and methods from affective science on the psychological and neural mechanisms contributing to emotions and reviews the ways in which this research has advanced our understanding of emotional response deficits in schizophrenia. We review naturalistic studies and elicitation studies that evoke emotion responses among participants, including emotion expression, experience, and autonomic physiology. We also consider how these emotion response measures correspond to schizophrenia symptoms, and we focus particular attention on the issue of sex differences in emotional responding and how this may influence our understanding emotional functioning among individuals with schizophrenia.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Affect*
  • Facial Expression
  • Galvanic Skin Response
  • Humans
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mood Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Schizophrenia / epidemiology*
  • Social Behavior
  • Social Perception