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Jul 29 2020


Sad faces might be a cause for depression in teenagers, says study

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Biased attention among adolescents, that is, teenagers who tend to pay more attention to sad faces are more in the chance to develop depression, but specifically within the context of stress, according to a new study.Researchers at Binghamton University, led by graduate student Cope Feurer and Professor of Psychology Brandon Gibb, aimed to examine whether attentional biases to emotional stimuli, assessed via eye-tracking, serve as a marker of risk for depression for teenagers.

 

 

 

 

“Although previous studies from the lab have examined who is most likely to show biased attention to sad faces and whether attention to sad faces is associated with risk for depression, the current study is the first to look at whether these attention biases impact how teenagers respond to stress, both in the lab and in the real world,” said Feurer.

 

 

 

Biased attention to sad faces is associated with depression in adults and is hypothesised to increase depression risk specifically in the presence, but not absence, of stress by modulating stress reactivity.However, few studies have tested this hypothesis, and no studies have examined the relationship between attentional biases and stress reactivity during adolescence, despite evidence that this developmental window is marked by significant increases in stress and depression risk.

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