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Chapter 10 - The Expression and Perception of Social and Emotional Cues in Older Adults with Parkinson’s Disease

from Part IV - The Effects of Facial Movement Impairment of Emotion Communication

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 December 2023

Ursula Hess
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Reginald B. Adams, Jr.
Pennsylvania State University
Robert E. Kleck
Dartmouth College, New Hampshire
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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative movement disorder that impairs emotional expression in older adults. Parkinson's disease decreases a person’s ability to express their emotions in the face, body, and voice. Due to this decrease in emotional expression, people with PD are often perceived with a bias by both medical professionals and lay observers. These misperceptions can lead to people with PD experiencing stigmatization, decreased quality of life, and decreased satisfaction in their social relationships. Following a review of how PD affects the perceptions of people with PD at both the encoder and decoder level, this chapter will present possible compensatory strategies for increasing accuracy in perceptions with health-related expressivity deficits such as increased engagement in valued activities and using deliberate expressions to show emotions in high stakes social situations.

Emotion Communication by the Aging Face and Body
A Multidisciplinary View
, pp. 241 - 262
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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