Processing of faces by patients with unilateral hemisphere lesions. I. Dissociation between judgments of facial affect and facial identity

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  • In this study, right-hemisphere-damaged (RHD) subjects performed significantly worse than LHD and NHD controls across a series of seven facial identity and facial affect tasks. Even when the patient groups were statistically equated on a measure of visuoperceptual ability, the RHD group remained impaired on three emotional tasks-naming, picking, and discriminating emotional faces. These findings suggest that the defects shown by RHD patients on facial affect tasks cannot be solely attributed to defects in visuoperceptual processing and that the right-hemisphere superiority for processing facial affect exists above and beyond its superiority for processing facial identity. © 1985.
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    Author List

  • Bowers D; Bauer RM; Coslett HB; Heilman KM
  • Start Page

  • 258
  • End Page

  • 272
  • Volume

  • 4
  • Issue

  • 3