Reactions "catastrophiques" et manifestations d'indifference au cours des atteintes cerebrales

Guido Gainotti

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A systematic study was made of emotional reactions in 150 cases of unilateral cerebral lesions, 80 left-sided and 70 right-sided. The incidence of catastrophic reactions was found to be significantly higher in the group with left-sided lesions (Chi2=13.8 p greater than 0.01) while indifference reactions were significantly more frequent in the group with right-sided lesions (Chi2=9.6 p greater than 0.01). Anatomical and clinical data support the hypothesis that catastrophic reactions are closely related both to defects in verbal communication and to lesions producing severe grades of disability. Indifference reactions on the other hand are highly correlated with neglect phenomena for the opposite side of the body and of extra-personal space. Some implications of these results are discussed.

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 1969

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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