Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Neuropsychiatry Section

Neuropsychiatry Section

FACES

Neurobiology of Affective Dysfunction - Emotion Expression Study (FACES)

  The purpose of this study is to assess affective flattening and blunting in patients at clinical or genetic risk for developing schizophrenia, with schizophrenia, and healthy controls.  Video and audio are recorded and static images are photographed to analyze for facial muscle usage using the Facial Action Coding System (FACS). Speech samples are also processed for emotional content and word choice.  Emotion recognition tasks, quality of life, and depression scales are completed to correlate facial expressivity to outcome measures.  The procedure lasts 2 hours and compensation is $40 for time and travel. 

Principal Investigator: Christian Kohler, M.D.