Dr Claire Williams presented ‘Disorders of Emotional Recognition and Expression after Traumatic Brain Injury: Insights from Alexithymia” at the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) funded Contemporary and Future Research into Alexithymia meeting at Kings College London (September, 2017).

Dr Williams presented novel findings from her work on emotion deficit disorders after traumatic brain injury, placing particular emphasis on the psychosocial implications of alexithymia.

The meeting comprised of a day of talks on the subject of alexithymia, a difficulty identifying and describing one's own emotions. While it has been known for some time that alexithymia is elevated in a range of clinical populations, research has only just begun to uncover the contribution made by alexithymia to a number of different cognitive and emotion processes in both patient and typical populations.

Research in this area is on the brink of an exciting transformation, making it an ideal time to bring together researchers in fields including cognitive psychology, social cognition, judgement and decision-making, emotion, and social cognitive neuroscience who are working on topics related to the interface of emotion and cognition. The meeting was funded by the Experimental Psychology Society and brought together such researchers to hear a collection of speakers share their recent work on alexithymia.