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Brain control of prosodic function

In a study on brain organisation of prosodic function (comprehension of emotional cues in voice) patients with damage to frontal, temporo-parietal or subcortical parts of the right hemisphere (RH) and normal adult controls made judgements of emotions expressed by intonation in natural and pseudo-sentences. The results showed that: 1/ women outperformed men in prosodic abilities; 2/ RH damaged subjects had decreased comprehension of emotional prosody, 3/ frontal lesions led to more severe impairment in women than in men; 4/ subcortical lesions (localised mainly in basal ganglia) had more disturbing effect in men than in women. The results provide further evidence for the notions that women are more sensitive to emotional signals than are men and that brain organisation of prosodic functions is sex depended. 

Rymarczyk K., Grabowska A. Sex differences in brain control of prosody. Neuropsychologia, 45(5): 921-930, 2007

Rymarczyk K, Grabowska A. Gender differences in emotional prosody. Annual General Meeting of the European Brain and Behaviour Society, 2003, Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 63, Suplement:3, pp.27, 2003

Rymarczyk K, Grabowska A. Sex differences in brain control of prosody. Polish Neuroscience Society Sixth International Congress 2003, Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 63:3, pp.286, 2003

Łojek E, Rymarczyk K. The assessment of emotional and linguistic prosody in right hemisphere damaged patients. EBBS Workshop: Hemispheric specialisation and compensatory strategies in brain disorders. Ascona, Switzerland, 1999. Acta Neurobiologiae Experimentalis, 59:1, pp.65, 1999

Rymarczyk K. Zaburzenia prozodii emocjonalnej i lingwistycznej u pacjentów z uszkodzeniami mózgu. Przegląd Psychologiczny, 42: 135-150, 1999


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