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Unimpaired discrimination of fearful prosody after amygdala lesion

Bach, DR; Hurlemann, R; Dolan, RJ; (2013) Unimpaired discrimination of fearful prosody after amygdala lesion. Neuropsychologia , 51 (11) pp. 2070-2074. 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.07.005. Green open access

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Abstract

Prosody (i.e. speech melody) is an important cue to infer an interlocutor's emotional state, complementing information from face expression and body posture. Inferring fear from face expression is reported as impaired after amygdala lesions. It remains unclear whether this deficit is specific to face expression, or is a more global fear recognition deficit. Here, we report data from two twins with bilateral selective amygdala lesions and show they are unimpaired in a multinomial emotional prosody classification task. In a two-alternative forced choice task, they demonstrate increased ability to discriminate fearful and neutral prosody, the opposite of what would be expected under an hypothesis of a global role for the amygdala in fear recognition. Hence, we provide evidence that the amygdala is not required for recognition of fearful prosody.

Type: Article
Title: Unimpaired discrimination of fearful prosody after amygdala lesion
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.07.005
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013....
Language: English
Additional information: © 2013 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Keywords: Amygdala, Emotion, Fear, Prosody, Social cognition, Urbach–Wiethe
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Imaging Neuroscience
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1402619
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