The hypervigilant misperception of Duchenne smiles in schizotypy
Yu,Junhong1,2,3; Zaroff,Charles M.3; Bernardo,Allan B.I.3
Source PublicationPsychosis
ISSN17522447 17522439

Deficits in the perception of emotion are well documented in schizotypy. In part, individuals with high levels of schizotypy, relative to those with low levels of schizotypy, commit significantly more false-positive errors in perceiving threatening facial emotions. The hypervigilance hallucination hypothesis attempts to link these emotion perception deficits to hallucination proneness in schizotypy. This theory posits that false-perceptual experiences reflect an evolved tendency to commit false-positive errors, in order to avoid the costly consequences associated with false-negative errors. The present study set out to explore the relationship between one aspect of emotion perception – smile perception, and schizotypy factors, as a means of testing the hypervigilance hallucination hypothesis in schizotypy. To these ends, 211 university students (111 females and 100 males, mean age = 19.5 years; SD = 1.61) completed the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire and a smile recognition task embedded within a signal detection paradigm. A positive correlation was found between schizotypy and false-positive errors, further implicating perceptual sensitivity and response bias in schizotypy, and providing support for the hypervigilance hallucination hypothesis. The relevance of these findings to schizophrenia is discussed.

KeywordDuchenne Smiles Hypervigilance Hallucination Hypothesis Schizotypy Signal Detection Theory Smile Perception
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WOS Research AreaPsychology ; Psychiatry
WOS SubjectPsychology, Clinical ; Psychiatry
WOS IDWOS:000366655200006
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionUniversity of Macau
Corresponding AuthorYu,Junhong
Affiliation1.Laboratory of Neuropsychology,The University of Hong Kong,,Hong Kong,Hong Kong
2.Institute of Clinical Neuropsychology,The University of Hong Kong,,Hong Kong,Hong Kong
3.Department of Psychology,University of Macau,,Macao,Macao
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Yu,Junhong,Zaroff,Charles M.,Bernardo,Allan B.I.. The hypervigilant misperception of Duchenne smiles in schizotypy[J]. Psychosis,2015,7(4):348-358.
APA Yu,Junhong,Zaroff,Charles M.,&Bernardo,Allan B.I..(2015).The hypervigilant misperception of Duchenne smiles in schizotypy.Psychosis,7(4),348-358.
MLA Yu,Junhong,et al."The hypervigilant misperception of Duchenne smiles in schizotypy".Psychosis 7.4(2015):348-358.
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