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"Depressed" Preschoolers Are Tuned In To Negative Facial Expressions, Study Finds

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January 21, 2000
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Washington University In St. Louis
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Investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found some striking differences in how children with symptoms of depression interpret facial expressions. Unlike depressed teen-agers and adults, children aren't more likely to read more negative content into emotions. But they're exceptionally good at identifying the ones they do see.

People who are clinically depressed tend to see the outside world through the prism of their interior sadness. To demonstrate that effect, scientists show them pictures of others and ask them to match facial expressions to emotions. Depressed teen-agers and adults tend to interpret happy facial expressions as neutral and neutral expressions as sad, a phenomenon researchers call negative bias.


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Washington University In St. Louis. ""Depressed" Preschoolers Are Tuned In To Negative Facial Expressions, Study Finds." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 21 January 2000. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000121071712.htm>.
Washington University In St. Louis. (2000, January 21). "Depressed" Preschoolers Are Tuned In To Negative Facial Expressions, Study Finds. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 16, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000121071712.htm
Washington University In St. Louis. ""Depressed" Preschoolers Are Tuned In To Negative Facial Expressions, Study Finds." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2000/01/000121071712.htm (accessed April 16, 2014).

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