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Korean Journal of Schizophrenia Research 2014;17(1):36-42.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.16946/kjsr.2014.17.1.36    Published online April 30, 2014.
Relationship between Evaluation for the Self and others and Anhedonia in Patients with Schizophrenia.
Min Kyeong Kim, Eun Seong Kim, Jung Suk Lee, Eun Joo Kim, Joohan Kim, Jae Jin Kim
1Department of Psychiatry, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. jaejkim@yonsei.ac.kr
2Institute of Behavioral Science in Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
3Department of Psychiatry, Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
4Graduate School of Education, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
5Department of Communication, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.
The dysfunctional neural networks underlying self-evaluation in schizophrenia are overlapped with the neural structures involved in emotion regulation. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of anhedonia on the self-evaluation attitude of patients with schizophrenia.
Twenty healthy controls and twenty patients with schizophrenia performed a self-evaluation task, presenting a pair of the face (self, familiar other, and unfamiliar other) and word (negative, neutral, and positive noun) at the same time. Participants were asked to evaluate relevance between the pairs by pressing a corresponding button. Relevance rating scores were compared between the groups and were correlated with the severity of physical and social anhedonia.
Patients evaluated the condition of a self face with a negative word and a familiar face with a negative word to be more relevant than healthy controls. In the patient group, the scores of relevance rating in the condition of an unfamiliar other face with a negative word were positively correlated with the anhedonia scale scores (physical : r=0.486, p=0.030 ; social : r=0.499, p=0.025). There was no correlation between the self-evaluation attitude and the severity of anhedonia.
Patients with schizophrenia evaluate themselves badly in only negative circumstances, and anhedonia is not related to self-evaluation, but rather other-evaluation.
Key Words: Schizophrenia · Self-evaluation · Emotion regulation · Anhedonia


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