Facial affect recognition and mental health

Steve Smith, Alec Grant

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Not being able to accurately detect and respond to the emotions conveyed in the facial expressions of others is a significant issue for many people with mental health problems. Facial affect recognition is crucial to successful social interaction and has an evolutionary and neural basis. Being unable to read the faces of others accurately contributes to social isolation and a vicious cycle of social impairment, and can be compounded by the effects of medication. This article draws on empirically validated work and suggests initiatives, including the use of photography, which mental health practitioners could use in helping people with facial affect recognition difficulties.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalMental health practice
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2014

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