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November 1982

Visual Hypoemotionality as a Symptom of Visual-Limbic Disconnection in Man

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Clinical Psychology, College of Health Related Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville.

Arch Neurol. 1982;39(11):702-708. doi:10.1001/archneur.1982.00510230028009

• In a patient with bilateral occipitotemporal hematomas secondary to head trauma, profound prosopagnosia, topographical memory disturbance, and a modality-specific inability to become emotionally aroused by visual cues developed. Data from neurological, neuropsychological, and psychophysiological assessment of the patient's deficits were interpreted as indicating a visual-limbic disconnection syndrome. The patient's symptoms were related to findings of emotional changes and visual impairment in macaques with bitemporal ablations and/or complete visual-temporal disconnection.