Methodological questions on the study of spontaneous emotional responding as compared to non verbal communication in brain damaged patients: Comments on Buck's reply (1989)

P. Zoccolotti, C. Caltagirone, P. Ekman, W. Friesen, G. Gainotti, A. Mammucari, L. Pizzamiglio

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Abstract

In his reply to our study (Mammucari et al., 1988), Buck criticizes (1) our review of previous literature and (2) methodological aspects of our study, including his conviction that the FACS technique is insufficiently sensitive. Our fundamental disagreement with Buck is based upon our different research goals: he aims toward evaluating the possible derangement in communicative ability that follows a right hemisphere lesion; whereas we are specifically interested in evaluating the content of emotional responding in a relatively sponaneous situation. Several areas of concern are discussed in relation to this discrepancy, i.e., the use of subjective versus objective evaluations in examining facial expression, the selection of stimuli for emotional stimulation, and the issue of data-driven versus hypotheses-driven research on emotional responding in brain damaged patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)281-289
Number of pages9
JournalCortex
Volume26
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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