PERTURBATION DES REPONSES VEGETATIVES AUX STIMULI EMOTIONNELS AU COURS DES LESIONS HEMISPHERIQUES UNILATERALES

Translated title of the contribution: Vegetative responses to emotional stimuli in unilateral brain-damaged patients

P. Zoccolotti, C. Caltagirone, N. Benedetti, G. Gainotti

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Abstract

The authors have studied in 31 patients affected by right (N = 12) or left (N = 19) hemispheric lesions and in 10 normal controls the autonomous response to emotional stimuli. Stimuli consisted of 3 short films, aiming to provoke a negative emotional reaction, a positive emotional response or a non-emotional reaction. Galvanic skin response and heart rate were considered the dependent variables of our research. Both normal controls and left brain-damaged patients were very influenced by the emotional nature of the stimuli and showed clear signs of activation of the sympathetic and para-sympathetic systems in the face of emotional films. By contrast, right brain-damaged patients were not influenced by the emotional or non-emotional nature of the stimuli and showed neither a clear galvanic skin response nor a significant decrease of heart rate in the face of emotional films.

Translated title of the contributionVegetative responses to emotional stimuli in unilateral brain-damaged patients
Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)263-268
Number of pages6
JournalEncephale
Volume12
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Neuroscience(all)

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