The Effects of Oral Contraceptives on Emotion Processing

Show simple item record Yelland, Jessica 2011-04-21T22:18:43Z 2011-04-21T22:18:43Z 2011-04-02
dc.description.abstract Several studies have recently suggested that women's recognition of threat emotion facial expressions (fear, anger, and disgust) increases as progesterone levels increase, while some studies suggest that recognition of anger increases as estrogen levels increase. These studies have focused solely on endogenous sex hormone effects on emotion processing, and have examined only visual emotion recognition. This study examined whether women's ability to accurately recognize emotion through both visual and auditory means is affected by the use of oral contraceptives, a type of exogenous sex hormone medication. Participants were female first and second year university students using monocyclic oral contraceptives. Participants completed two emotion recognition tasks (one visual, one auditory) and four self-report measures at three different phases of the pill cycle; one inactive pill phase and two active pill phases. The inactive pills do not contain estrogen and progesterone; during the first active pill phase, estrogen and progesterone are present in low concentrations, and during the second active pill phase, estrogen and progesterone are present in higher concentrations. Emotion recognition scores were examined to determine if changes in emotion processing corresponded to oral contraceptive pill phase. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Regina Graduate Students' Association en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Posters and Exhibits en_US
dc.subject Oral contraceptives en_US
dc.subject Emotion processing en_US
dc.subject SEx hormones en_US
dc.title The Effects of Oral Contraceptives on Emotion Processing en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US
dc.description.authorstatus Student en_US
dc.description.peerreview yes en_US

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