Emotional Processing Profile in Patients with First Episode Schizophrenia: The Influence of Neurocognition



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Romero Ferreiro, Verónica and García Fernández, Lorena and Aparicio, Ana Isabel and Martínez Gras, Isabel and Dompablo, Mónica and Sánchez Pastor, Luis and Rentero, David and Álvarez Mon, Miguel Ángel and Espejo Saavedra, Juan Manuel and Lahera, Guillermo and Marí Beffa, Paloma and Santos, José Luis and Rodríguez Jiménez, Roberto (2022) Emotional Processing Profile in Patients with First Episode Schizophrenia: The Influence of Neurocognition. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 11 (7). p. 2044. ISSN 2077-0383

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm11072044


This study sought to investigate the influence of neurocognition on the emotional processing profiles of patients with first-episode schizophrenia, using the 4-branch Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) (Perceiving Emotions; Facilitating Emotions; Understanding Emotions and Managing Emotions). A sample of 78 patients with first-episode schizophrenia and a group of 90 non-psychiatric control subjects were included in this work. The initial results showed that patients had lower scores than controls for the “Understanding Emotions” and “Managing Emotions” MSCEIT branches. However, after controlling for neurocognition, the only deficits were found on the “Managing Emotions” branch of the MSCEIT. This branch can be considered as measuring a more sophisticated level of emotional processing, which may constitute a deficit in itself. In conclusion, patients with first-episode schizophrenia present deficits in social cognition at the highest level that seem to be independent from neurocognition. These findings support the inclusion of the “Managing Emotions” branch of the MSCEIT as part of the MCCB.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:schizophrenia; first episode; emotional processing; social cognition; MCCB; MSCEIT
Subjects:Medical sciences > Medicine > Psychiatry
Medical sciences > Psychology > Emotions and Aggresiveness
ID Code:73350
Deposited On:12 Jul 2022 13:16
Last Modified:22 May 2023 15:07

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