Kuniko Yamashita

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Polygraphic recordings was used to assess laughing and smiling, and results were compared for 34 normal controls, 24 schizophrenic patients, and 15 depressive patients. The schizophrenic and the depressive patients showed reduced "laughs of pleasure," i.e., laughing in reaction to a comic video assessed by laughing score; however, the depressive patients in(More)
Auditory hallucinations (AH), the perception of sounds and voices in the absence of external stimuli, remain a serious problem for a large subgroup of patients with schizophrenia. Functional imaging of brain activity associated with AH is difficult, since the target event is involuntary and its timing cannot be predicted. Prior efforts to image the patterns(More)
In order to investigate the relationship between pleasant emotional experience and facial expression (i.e., laughter), mood before and after watching comic film clips, self-rated pleasant emotional experience for each film clip and electromyographic activities of facial muscles involved in laughter while watching film clips were measured for 25 patients(More)
To confirm daily accumulation of visual fatigue induced by work with visual display terminals (VDT), visual evoked potential (VEP), near point distance (NPD) and critical flicker fusion (CFF) were measured in three VDT workers and three sex- and age-matched controls (non-VDT workers) in the morning, noontime and evening for five consecutive days (Monday to(More)
Patients with schizophrenia are known to have deficits in facial affect recognition. Subjects were 25 schizophrenic patients and 25 normal subjects who were shown pairs of slides of laughing faces and asked to compare the intensity of laughter in the two slides. Eye movements were recorded using an infrared scleral reflection technique. Normal subjects(More)
The elevation of natural killer cell activity (NKCA) by laughter was not confirmed due to incomplete methodology of previous studies although positive emotion is believed to be favorable for health. To verify NKCA elevation by laughter in a crossover design, we measured NKCA before and after watching films, presenting 75-min comic film and non-emotional(More)