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Emotion Recognition Task (ERT)

The Emotion Recognition Task measures the ability to identify six basic emotions in facial expressions along a continuum of expression magnitude.

Administration time

6-10 minutes

Task format

Computer-morphed images derived from the facial features of real individuals, each showing a specific emotion, are displayed on the screen, one at a time. Each face is displayed for 200ms and then immediately covered up to prevent residual processing of the image. The participant must select which emotion the face displayed from 6 options (sadness, happiness, fear, anger, disgust or surprise). 

Outcome measures

The outcome measures for ERT cover percentages and numbers correct or incorrect and overall response latencies, which can be looked at either across individual emotions or across all emotions at once.

Normative data

Please contact us to discuss your normative data requirements. Please note, we do not recommend using normative data in place of a control group. 

When to use this test

We would recommend using this test to assess cognitive function in: