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

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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]

Abstract

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 and Cognitive Sciences
Research Group:Psychology
Research Field:Biological Psychology (Neuropsychology, Psychopharmacology, Physiological Psychology)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions)
Objective Field:Nervous System and Disorders
Author:Honan, CA (Dr Cynthia Honan)
Author:Johnson, EG (Miss Emma Johnson)
Author:Palmer, MA (Dr 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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