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 respectively a negative emotional reaction, a positive emotional response or a non-emotional reaction. Galvanic skin response and heart rate were considered as 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 front 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 front of emotional films.

Zoccolotti, P., Caltagirone, C., Benedetti, N., Gainotti, G. (1986). [Disorders of autonomic responses to emotional stimuli in patients with unilateral hemispherical lesions]. L'ENCÉPHALE, 12(5), 263-268.

[Disorders of autonomic responses to emotional stimuli in patients with unilateral hemispherical lesions]

CALTAGIRONE, CARLO;
1986-01-01

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 respectively a negative emotional reaction, a positive emotional response or a non-emotional reaction. Galvanic skin response and heart rate were considered as 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 front 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 front of emotional films.
1986
Pubblicato
Rilevanza nazionale
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Esperti anonimi
Settore MED/26 - NEUROLOGIA
English
Parasympathetic Nervous System; Emotions; Sympathetic Nervous System; Heart Rate; Galvanic Skin Response; Humans; Middle Aged; Brain Diseases; Male; Functional Laterality; Female
Zoccolotti, P., Caltagirone, C., Benedetti, N., Gainotti, G. (1986). [Disorders of autonomic responses to emotional stimuli in patients with unilateral hemispherical lesions]. L'ENCÉPHALE, 12(5), 263-268.
Zoccolotti, P; Caltagirone, C; Benedetti, N; Gainotti, G
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