Emotion Narratives in Schizophrenia

June L. Gruber : Psychology

Mentor: Dr. Ann Kring, Psychology

The primary objective of this project will be to examine the way in which patients diagnosed with schizophrenia use language to describe their subjective emotional experiences. Using a clinical interview, the Schedule for Deficit Syndrome, patients with schizophrenia will be asked to provide a brief narrative of salient emotional experiences in their lives (e.g. what makes you happy?). Trained research assistants will then transcribe and code the videotaped interview. Through the results of the study, the researcher hopes to shed light on the way in which emotion affects linguistic properties of speech in addition to enhancing our understanding of the emotional features in patients with schizophrenia.