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Accurate Judgment by Dementia Patients of Neutral Faces with Respect to Trustworthiness and Valence


Blessing, A; Zöllig, J; Dammann, G; Martin, Mike (2010). Accurate Judgment by Dementia Patients of Neutral Faces with Respect to Trustworthiness and Valence. GeroPsych, 23(1):33-38.

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The present study investigates whether dementia patients can make accurate social and affective judgments of face stimuli. We used verbal material as a control condition to see whether dementia patients are capable of using the rating scales the same way as controls. We compared the trustworthiness, valence, and arousal ratings of dementia patients with those from a healthy control group. Participants rated pictures of young and old, female and male neutral faces and two fictitious biographies. The results indicate that dementia patients make accurate judgments of unfamiliar faces with respect to trustworthiness and valence. Results concerning arousal ratings suggest that the corresponding scale might be difficult to use for dementia patients and possibly for older participants as well.

Abstract

The present study investigates whether dementia patients can make accurate social and affective judgments of face stimuli. We used verbal material as a control condition to see whether dementia patients are capable of using the rating scales the same way as controls. We compared the trustworthiness, valence, and arousal ratings of dementia patients with those from a healthy control group. Participants rated pictures of young and old, female and male neutral faces and two fictitious biographies. The results indicate that dementia patients make accurate judgments of unfamiliar faces with respect to trustworthiness and valence. Results concerning arousal ratings suggest that the corresponding scale might be difficult to use for dementia patients and possibly for older participants as well.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2010
Deposited On:17 Nov 2010 10:34
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:25
Publisher:Hogrefe
ISSN:1662-9647
Additional Information:This article does not exactly replicate the final version published in the journal "GeroPsych". It is not a copy of the original published article and is not suitable for citation.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1024/1662-9647/a000001

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