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The effect of alcohol dependence on automatic visuo-spatial perspective taking

Cox, S and Chandler, C and Simpson, A and Riggs, K (2016) 'The effect of alcohol dependence on automatic visuo-spatial perspective taking.' Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 166. pp. 21-25. ISSN 0376-8716

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Background Alcoholism is associated with cognitive deficits that affect social functioning. Previous research has shown that alcoholism is associated with deficits in conscious, deliberate social processing. However, little is known about whether alcoholism also affects rapid, spontaneous processing. We therefore investigated the extent to which alcoholism affects the ability to spontaneously adopt the viewpoint of another in a visuo-spatial perspective taking (VSPT) task. Methods VSPT was measured in participants responding to a dot probe presented for 35 ms alongside neutral faces, fearful faces and baseline stimuli (rectangles). Results Alcohol dependent (AD) participants showed the standard reaction time cost to fearful faces, but not neutral faces relative to baseline. However, AD participants showed a reaction time cost to both fearful and neutral faces. Conclusions AD participants are not impaired in their ability to automatically adopt the perspective of another. However, unlike non-AD participants, they show automatic perspective taking to both neutral and fearful faces.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Alcohol dependence; social processing; perspective taking; emotion
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 14:18
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:02

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