Honan, CA and Skormanis, S and Johnson, EG and Palmer, MA, An examination of emotion perception ability and metacognitive functioning in high-dose alcohol intoxication, AS4SAN Conference, 23-24 June, 2016, Sydney, Australia (2016) [Conference Extract]
Background and aims: Alcohol-intoxication is linked to negative social behaviours, but the mechanisms underlying this relationship are poorly understood. We investigated the effects of high-dose alcohol intoxication on the ability to perceive a range of basic emotions (sad, happy, anger, disgust, fear, and surprise) of different intensities, and on self-appraisals of emotion perception ability (i.e., metacognitive judgments).
Method: Sixty-four participants consumed either an alcohol (mean BrAC = .077) or placebo beverage. The Emotion Recognition Task (ERT) was used to assess emotion perception ability, and participants provided confidence ratings when providing each emotion recognition response.
Results: Alcohol-intoxicated individuals demonstrated a reduced ability to detect fear and sadness at moderate-to-high levels of emotion intensity, and less overall insight into their ability to recognise emotions.
Conclusions: These results suggest that impaired ability to recognise expressions of fear and sadness in others – and lack of awareness of this impairment – may contribute to negative social behaviours associated with alcohol consumption.
|Item Type:||Conference Extract|
|Keywords:||social cognition, acquired brain injury, sarcasm, theory of mind|
|Research Group:||Biological psychology|
|Research Field:||Behavioural neuroscience|
|Objective Group:||Clinical health|
|Objective Field:||Clinical health not elsewhere classified|
|UTAS Author:||Honan, CA (Dr Cynthia Honan)|
|UTAS Author:||Johnson, EG (Miss Emma Johnson)|
|UTAS Author:||Palmer, MA (Associate Professor Matt Palmer)|
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