Ann M. Kring's broad interests are in emotion and psychopathology. Specific interests include the emotional features of schizophrenia, assessing and treating negative symptoms in schizophrenia, and the linkage between cognition, social functioning, and emotion transdiagnostically.
Dr. Kring and her research group have been studying the nature of emotion disturbance in schizophrenia, observing a couple of emotional disconnections in this population. First, people with schizophrenia show less observable facial expression despite reporting equally intense amounts of experience<l emotion compared to people without schizophrenia. Second, people with schizophrenia score higher than people without schizophrenia on clinical measures of anhedonia, indicating a reduction in the experience of pleasure, yet they report experiencing comparable amounts of pleasant emotions in daily life and in the presence of pleasant stimuli. A primary focus of her research program has been to uncover the mechanisms driving these emotion disconnections. Ongoing studies are designed to assess the nature of anhedonia in schizophrenia, examining anticipatory pleasure (i.e., pleasure in anticipation of future events as well as the ability to predict whether future events will be pleasurable), consummatory pleasure (i.e., pleasure in the moment), and memory for pleasurable events. Translation of these findings into psychsocial interventions is also a current focus.
A new focus of the lab is a collaborative project with investigators at Temple University and the Child Health and Development Studies group in Berkeley funded by NIMH. Together, we are examining early developmental predictors of clinical, neural, cognitive, and social, emotional, clinical, and neurocognitive outcomes in middle age.
Weittenhiller, L., Mikhail, M., Mote, J., Campellone, T. R., & Kring, A. M. (2021). What gets in the way of social engagement in schizophrenia? World Journal of Psychiatry, 11 13-26.
Weittenhiller, L., Painter, J. M., Moran, E. & Kring, A. M. (2020). The discrepancy between momentary and remembered pleasure in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 216, 536-537.
Mikhail, M. & Kring, A. M. (2019). Emotion regulation strategy use and eating disorder symptoms in daily life. Eating Behaviors, 34, 101315.
Mote, J. & Kring, A. M. (2019). Negative affect and incongruent emotion experience in people with schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 207, 393-399.
Campellone, T. R., Sanchez, A. H., Fulford, D., & Kring, A. M. (2019). Defeatist performance beliefs in college students: Transdiagnostic associations with symptoms and daily goal-directed behavior. Psychiatry Research, 272, 149-154.
Painter, J. M., Stellar, J., Moran, E. K., & Kring, A. M. (2019). A multicomponent approach towards understanding emotion regulation in schizophrenia. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 75, 178-189. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22698
Cooper, S., Ellman, L., & Kring, A. M. (2018). Attenuated positive psychotic symptoms and the experience of anhedonia. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 12, 1188-1192. DOI 10.1111/eip.12439
Moran, E. K. & Kring, A. M. (2018). Anticipatory emotion in schizophrenia. Clinical Psychological Science, 6, 63-75. DOI: 10.1177/2167702617730877
Barch, D. M., Gold, J.M., & Kring, A. M. (2017). Paradigms for assessing hedonic processing and motivation in humans: Relevance to understanding negative symptoms in psychopathology. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 43, 701-705.
Painter, J. M. & Kring, A. M. (2016). Towards an understanding of anticipatory pleasure deficits in schizophrenia: Memory, prospection, and emotion experience. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 442-452.
Campellone, T. R., Fischer, A., & Kring, A. M. (2016). Using social outcomes to inform decision- making in schizophrenia: Relationships with symptoms and functioning. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125, 310-321.
Mote, J., Stuart, B. K., & Kring, A. M. (2014). Diminished facial expressivity but not emotion experience in men and women with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123, 796-801.
Kring, A. M. & Barch, D. M. (2014). The motivation and pleasure dimensions of negative symptoms: Neural substrates and behavioral outputs. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24, 725-736.
Elis, O., Caponigro, J. M., & Kring, A. M. (2013). Psychosocial treatments for negative symptoms in schizophrenia: Current practices and future directions. Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 914-928.
Kring, A. M. & Elis, O. (2013). Emotion deficits in people with schizophrenia. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 409-433.
Kring, A. M., Gur, R. E., Blanchard, J. J., Horan, W. P., Reise, S. P., & (2013). The Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Symptoms (CAINS): Final development and validation. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170, 165-172. (featured in Feb 2013 AJP Audio online).
Fall, 2020: Psychology 375: Teaching of Psychology