This work was supported by the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health award to the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and the ARIADNE programme (Applied Research into Anorexia Nervosa and Not Otherwise Specified Eating Disorders) funded by a Department of Health NIHR Programme Grant for Applied Research (Reference number RP-PG-0606-1043).
Evoked facial emotional expression and emotional experience in people with anorexia nervosa†
Version of Record online: 18 OCT 2010
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International Journal of Eating Disorders
Volume 44, Issue 6, pages 531–539, September 2011
How to Cite
Davies, H., Schmidt, U., Stahl, D. and Tchanturia, K. (2011), Evoked facial emotional expression and emotional experience in people with anorexia nervosa. Int. J. Eat. Disord., 44: 531–539. doi: 10.1002/eat.20852
- Issue online: 5 AUG 2011
- Version of Record online: 18 OCT 2010
- Manuscript Accepted: 27 JUN 2010
- anorexia nervosa;
- eating disorders
To use an experimental paradigm to assess facial expression, subjective experience of emotion and the relationship between them in people with anorexia nervosa (AN).
Film clips are used to elicit emotion and participants' facial expression and subjective experience are recorded. Thirty inpatients with AN and 34 healthy control (HC) women are included in the study.
People with AN are less facially expressive than HC while watching positive and negative film clips and report feeling less positive emotion than HC but not less negative emotion. People with AN look away significantly more than HC during the negative film clip. Duration of illness and depression relate to attenuated positive facial expression and eating pathology to attenuated negative facial expression.
This experimental study supports self report studies showing people with AN attenuate emotional expression and avoid negative affect. Such behavior may affect social interaction and contribute to the maintenance of the disorder. © 2010 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2011)