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An examination of emotion perception ability and metacognitive functioning in high-dose alcohol intoxication


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 Details

Item Type:Conference Extract
Keywords:social cognition, acquired brain injury, sarcasm, theory of mind
Research Division:Psychology
Research Group:Biological psychology
Research Field:Behavioural neuroscience
Objective Division:Health
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)
ID Code:114423
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Psychology
Deposited On:2017-02-15
Last Modified:2017-03-08

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