The Emotion Lab

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We are a research group based in London (UK) interested in conditions affecting the recognition and experience of emotion. In particular, we are interested in a condition called alexithymia, characterised by difficulties recognising, distinguishing and describing feelings from the bodily sensations of emotional arousal. Interestingly, research conducted by ourselves and others suggests that alexithymia is associated with impaired recognition of others' emotional expressions. The incidence of alexithymia in the general population is thought to be 2-5%, however studies suggest severe degrees of alexithymia in at least 50% of individuals with autism. If you i) think you might have alexithymia, ii) would like to find out more, or iii) are interested in taking part in our research, we would be delighted to hear from you (we can be contacted at [email protected]).

The Emotion Lab tests 1-4 are designed to tell us more about the emotion recognition issues experienced by all individuals, both those with and without alexithymia. The four tests take between 20 and 30 minutes to complete in total. If you can spare the time to complete all four, you will be helping our research enormously. The tests do not have to be completed in a single session, and can be undertaken in any order. The first 50 respondents
to complete all four tests, and every 50 thereafter, will be entered into a raffle to win £50! if you wish to be entered into the raffle please leave your email address where we can contact you.

The team: 

Geoff Bird, PhD

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

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Rebecca Brewer, PhD


University of East London

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Richard Cook, PhD

Senior Lecturer

City University London

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