Handbook of Neuropsychology, 2nd Edition

Emotional Behavior and Its Disorders

Edited by

  • Francois Boller, George Washington University Medical School, Washington, DC, USA
  • Jordan Grafman, Northwestern University Medical School and Department of Psychology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA

The fifth volume in this series covers emotional behavior and its disorders. The introductory chapters deal with the basic theoretical and anatomical issues in the neuropsychological study of emotions. Both neurobiologically oriented and cognitively oriented theories of emotion are presented and both the detailed anatomo-clinical and theoretical aspects of the anatomical substrates of emotions are covered in depth. The central part of this volume addresses the problem of hemispheric asymmetries in emotional representation. The claims for right hemisphere dominance for emotions and emotional communication are contrasted with those assuming a different hemispheric specialization for positive vs. negative emotions and with models assuming asymmetric cortico-limbic control of human emotion. A final group of chapters examines the neural mechanisms of the stress response and reviews the main emotional disorders. Individual differences in the hemispheric control of the stress response are discussed and the neural mechanisms of affective/emotional disturbances are approached with neuropsychological methods and with functional neuroimaging techniques.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2001
  • Imprint: ELSEVIER
  • ISBN: 978-0-444-50362-6


Table of Contents

Preface. List of contributors. 1. Emotions as a biologically adaptive system: An introduction (G. Gainotti). 2. Psychological theories of emotion and neuropsychological research (K.R. Scherer, M. Peper). 3. The anatomical substrates of emotional behavior: The role of the cerebral cortex (D.N. Pandya, E.H. Yeterian). 4. Neural systems subserving emotion: Lesion studies of the amygdala, somatosensory cortices and centromedial prefrontal cortices (R. Adolphs, D. Tranel, A.R. Damasio). 5. Prefrontal and amygdala contributions to emotion and affective style (R.J. Davidson). 6. Motivated anatomy: A core-and-shell model of corticolimbic architecture (D.M. Tucker). 7. Components and levels of emotion disrupted in patients with unilateral brain damage (G. Gainotti). 8. Asymmetries of emotional perception and expression in normal adults (J.C. Borod, D. Zgaljardic, M.H. Tabert, E. Koff). 9. Brain asymmetry in the control of the stress response (W. Wittling). 10. The functional neuroanatomy of emotional disorders: Focus on depression and posttraumatic stress disorder (A.D. Lawrence, P.M. Grasby). 11. Neural mechanisms of anxiety, depression and disinhibition (S.E. Starkstein, F. Manes). Subject index.