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April 1985

Channels of Emotional Expression in Patients With Unilateral Brain Damage

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Psychiatry, New York University School of Medicine, New York City (Dr Borod); the Aphasia Research Center and Boston Veterans Administration Medical Center, Boston (Drs Borod and Koff, and Mss Perlman Lorch and Nicholas); the Department of Psychology, Wellesley (Mass) College (Dr Koff); and the Department of Neurology, Boston University School of Medicine (Dr Borod and Mss Perlman Lorch and Nicholas).

Arch Neurol. 1985;42(4):345-348. doi:10.1001/archneur.1985.04060040055011

• The contribution of facial, intonational, and speech channels to spontaneous emotional expression was examined in right brain-damaged (RBD), left braindamaged (LBD), and normal control (NC) subjects. Subjects were videotaped while viewing and responding to a series of emotionally laden slides; the videotapes were then rated for the three channels of communication. Overall, RBDs used facial expression and intonation less frequently than the other two groups. When the speech output channel was analyzed, oral expression of feelings in the RBDs, relative to the LBDs and NCs, was less appropriate, more propositional than prosodic, and more descriptive than affective. When the ratings for the three channels of communication were examined, facial expression and intonation were significantly correlated for all subjects.

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