Obesity and emotion recognition

Proposal details

Title: Obesity, cognitive function, and emotion recognition
Research Area(s): Thinking and Cognition
Background: Recent research demonstrates that obesity is associated with cognitive dysfunction, including reduced attention and executive function. Given their importance in identifying and interpreting emotional stimuli, these deficits raise the possibility that obese persons may be less able to rapidly recognize emotions from facial expressions. No study has examined this possiblity.
Aims: We will examine whether: 1. Elevated body mass index (BMI) is associated with poorer performance on a test of emotion recognition 2. Deficits on tests of attention/executive function moderate these deficits
Method: Using data from the BRID, we will test the above hypotheses