EMOTICOM: a neuropsychological test battery to evaluate emotion, motivation, impulsivity and social cognition

Bland, Amy R, Roiser, Jonathan P, Mehta, Mitul Ashok, Schei, Thea, Boland, Heather, Campbell-Meiklejohn, Daniel K, Emsley, Richard A, Munafo, Marcus R, Penton-Voak, Ian S, Seara-Cardoso, Ana, Viding, Essi, Voon, Valerie, Sahakian, Barbara J, Robbins, Trevor W and Elliott, Rebecca (2016) EMOTICOM: a neuropsychological test battery to evaluate emotion, motivation, impulsivity and social cognition. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10. ISSN 1662-5153

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: In mental health practice, both pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments are aimed at improving neuropsychological symptoms, including cognitive and emotional impairments. However, at present there is no established neuropsychological test battery that comprehensively covers multiple affective domains relevant in a range of disorders. Our objective was to generate a standardised test battery, comprised of existing, adapted and novel tasks, to assess four core domains of affective cognition (emotion processing, motivation, impulsivity and social cognition) in order to facilitate and enhance treatment development and evaluation in a broad range of neuropsychiatric disorders. The battery was administered to two hundred participants aged 18-50 years (50% female), 42 of whom were retested in order to assess reliability. An exploratory factor analysis identified eleven factors with eigenvalues greater than 1, which accounted for over 70% of the variance. Tasks showed moderate to excellent test-retest reliability and were not strongly correlated with demographic factors such as age or IQ. The EMOTICOM test battery is therefore a promising tool for the assessment of affective cognitive function in a range of contexts.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Unmapped bibliographic data: M3 - 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00025 [Field not mapped to EPrints] JO - Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience [Field not mapped to EPrints]
Schools and Departments: School of Psychology > Psychology
Subjects: Q Science > QP Physiology > QP0351 Neurophysiology and neuropsychology
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Depositing User: Daniel Campbell-Meiklejohn
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2016 11:06
Last Modified: 06 Mar 2017 11:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59620

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