The Influence of Polyvagal Theory on Emotion Recognition in Bipolar Disorder
Samantha Sierra ’22
Majors: Biology and Psychology
Faculty Mentor: Dr. Victoria Templer, Psychology
Previous studies have found a relationship between people with bipolar disorder and having increased difficulty in identifying emotions. A current study investigates whether the polyvagal theory can explain why patients with bipolar disorder have difficulty identifying emotions. We evaluated people with bipolar disorder and a control group who do not have bipolar disorder, they then were placed within two groups. Group one participants watched a stimulus triggering video, while group two watched a neutral video. Their heartrate was monitored. They then performed an identifying emotion task and a social interaction task. The hypothesis states people with bipolar 1 disorder who are not actively experiencing a manic or depressive episode when presented with a negative stimulus will score worse on an identifying emotion task and social interaction task than those who are not presented with the stimulus. The identifying emotion task was identifying 30 faces. The social interaction task contained 12 questions. The results showed BD groups one and two scored lower than the control in the identifying emotion task and the social interaction task. BD participants also had higher autonomic arousal than the control in both groups.
4-29-2021 12:00 AM