Deficits of facial affect recognition are associated with schizophrenia, as is the ability to infer others’ beliefs (“Theory of Mind”). French researchers compared 20 patients with schizophrenia diagnoses with 30 matched controls, finding that recognition of facial emotions was associated with the attribution of beliefs. Results appear in Encephale.
Besche-Richard, C., Bourrin-Tisseron, A., et al; “Recognition of facial emotions and theory of mind in schizophrenia: Could the theory of mind deficit be due to the non-recognition of facial emotions?” Encephale, June 2012; 38(3) 241-7
The emotional paradox: Dissociation between explicit and implicit processing of emotional prosody in schizophrenia
Social Cognition: The Key Factor Predicting Social Outcome in People with Schizophrenia?
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What an absolute, load of crap.
20 drugged people, who don’t catch on to what a facial expression is supposed to be telling them, wow, that’s useful.
The Face: A Critical Component of a Social Engagement System:
•Unlike reptiles, the mammalian nervous
system needs a “caregiver” to survive and
signals the caregiver via the muscles of the
face and head.
•The face is “hardwired” to the neural
regulation of visceral state via a mammalian
•Physical and mental illness retract the
“mammalian” neural circuit with the resultant
symptoms of a face that does not work.
My Child’s Face Does Not Work!
When Other Faces Do Not Work!
A New Paradigm?
• If social behaviors are not learned, are they
emergent properties of specific neurophysological
• If dysfunctional social behavior is a spontaneously
occurring emergent property of the nervous system
(i.e., part of a feedback loop), could intervention
strategies be focused on manipulating or supporting
the neurophysiological states (e.g., engaging and
exercising feedback loops) from which social
behavior would spontaneously occur?
© 2003 Stephen W. Porges.
For well over a year now I’ve writing about how this man’s discovery of a third branch to our auto nervous system, is as revolutionary as Darwin’s famous theory.
Sadly the recovery movement has been so hurt by science, it seems to believe that all research into the human condition is funded by PHARMA? Yet Stephen Porges Listening project is getting amazing results with autistic individuals, and is a non-invasive method of natural stimulation.
“The Polyvagal Theory,” is the new paradigm in mental health. We all know that compassionate social support works. That genuine human empathy has a trans-formative effect.
The Polyvagal Theory, can show the left-brained academics in psychiatry the certainty they need, to move away from the failing paradigm of the chemical cosh, intervention.
Please, please, read this brilliant mans work.
My nickname in childhood was “million faces”, because I rarely ever spoke to tell people how I felt or what I thought. I would just make a face at them. My parent was violent and I wasn’t allowed to have needs or feelings. Through her gnashed teeth she would command: “get that look off your face or I’ll wipe it off for you”, crap like that.
Million Faces. What a reminder. I haven’t thought about that for a while. In my opinion, most people are incompetent at recognizing facial expressions.