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Impairment of emotional facial expression and prosody discrimination due to ischemic cerebellar lesions

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Sehm,  Bernhard
Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Steele,  Christopher
Department Neurology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society;

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Adamaszek, M., D'Agata, F., Kirkby, K. C., Trenner, M. U., Sehm, B., Steele, C., et al. (2014). Impairment of emotional facial expression and prosody discrimination due to ischemic cerebellar lesions. The Cerebellum, 13(3), 338-345. doi:10.1007/s12311-013-0537-0.


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Abstract
A growing literature points to a specific role of the cerebellum in affect processing. However, understanding of affect processing disturbances following discrete cerebellar lesions is limited. We administered the Tübingen Affect Battery to assess recognition of emotional facial expression and emotional prosody in 15 patients with a cerebellar infarction and 10 age-matched controls. On emotional facial expression tasks, patients compared to controls showed impaired selection and matching of facial affect. On prosody tasks, patients showed marked impairments in naming affect and discriminating incongruencies. These deficits were more pronounced for negative affects. Our results confirm a significant role of the cerebellum in processing emotional recognition, a component of social cognition.