Possible common neurological breakdowns for alexithymia and humour appreciation deficit: A case study

Panayiotis Patrikelis, George Konstantakopoulos, Giuliana Lucci, Vasileios K Katsaros, Damianos E. Sakas, Stylianos Gatzonis, Giorgos Stranjalis

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Abstract

This brief work is an attempt to point to the possible common neurological breakdowns in giving rise to alexithymia, and impaired appreciation of humour. In particular, we present the case of a patient who lost the ability to enjoy humour after the surgical removal of a frontal groove meningioma, although he was still able to detect it, while at the same time was diagnosed with organic alexithymia. Our results indicate that problems in the affective appreciation of humour and in emotionalizing (alexithymic symptoms) may be the result of damage to the ventral-rostral portions of the ACG/mPFC, which prevent the patient from assessing the salience of emotion and motivational information, and generating emotional reactions; as a result he has trouble experiencing emotions, knowing how he and others feel, and enjoy humour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Volume153
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - Dec 12 2016

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    Patrikelis, P., Konstantakopoulos, G., Lucci, G., Katsaros, V. K., Sakas, D. E., Gatzonis, S., & Stranjalis, G. (2016). Possible common neurological breakdowns for alexithymia and humour appreciation deficit: A case study. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, 153, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clineuro.2016.12.005