About The Author

Dr. Ryan Smith’s main research interests include understanding how conscious and unconscious emotion-related processes are realized within the brain, and in how these processes may be altered in mood and anxiety disorders. The primary research methods Dr. Smith employs in his research are neuroimaging and computational modeling. A major overarching focus is to characterize differences between mentally healthy and unhealthy individuals with the goal of improving diagnosis and treatment selection within psychiatry and clinical psychology.

Testing Emotional Awareness, Alexithymia, And Psychophysiology In A Rare Patient Who Could Not Experience Emotions

Some people are much more aware of their emotions than others. Emotion researchers often refer to this characteristic as “trait emotional awareness” (tEA). People who self-report having low emotional awareness (e.g., that they do not understand their own emotions) are also referred to as having “alexithymia,” which literally means “not having words for emotions.” In