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Article Date: 27 Jul 2010 – 0:00 PDT

New research shows people with severe depression find it harder to interpret facial expressions than healthy people – particularly expressions of disgust.

The study, published in the August issue of the British Journal of Psychiatry, was carried out by researchers from the University of Otago in New Zealand. Researchers Katie Douglas and Professor Richard Porter asked 68 people who had been diagnosed with severe depression to take part in a facial expression recognition task. They were shown a total of 96 faces displaying 5 basic emotions: angry, happy, sad, fearful and disgusted expressions. The participants were also shown faces displaying neutral expressions. Their performance was compared with a control group of 50 healthy individuals.

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