Recognition of facial affect in depression

Percept Mot Skills. 1985 Aug;61(1):13-4. doi: 10.2466/pms.1985.61.1.13.


25 depressed patients recognized a sad face with more errors than 25 normal persons and labeled other expressions as sadness when affective content was not recognized. Correct recognitions for 6 affects were related to the portion of the face depicted. Comparisons of responses of 25 patients diagnosed as having anxiety neuroses showed differences in responses from the depressed patients and normal persons.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Affect*
  • Anxiety Disorders / psychology
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Facial Expression*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male