Borderline personality features and associated difficulty in emotion perception: An examination of accuracy and bias. Academic Article uri icon


  • Research on borderline personality disorder (BPD) has consistently found that those with the disorder often experience volatile interpersonal interactions, and several areas of research have been dedicated to the understanding of the mechanisms behind these interpersonal struggles. One of the most common theories is that the emotional dysregulation that is characteristic of BPD may adversely impact these interpersonal interactions, perhaps through a resulting misperception of emotional states in others. The purpose of the current study was to examine perception of negative affect in those with borderline personality features using a signal detection paradigm, a modified version of the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Task. Results support the hypothesis of atypical perception of negative emotions in BPD, but with disinhibitory aspects of the disorder demonstrating the largest potential influence. This finding was obtained even after controlling for gender differences that were also observed on this task. These results suggest that an examination of trait components of BPD may be necessary for a complete understanding of the emotion perception abilities of those with the disorder.

published proceedings

  • Personal Ment Health

altmetric score

  • 1

author list (cited authors)

  • Meyer, J. K., & Morey, L. C.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Meyer, Justin K||Morey, Leslie C

publication date

  • August 2015