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Behavioural Neurology
Volume 11, Issue 1, Pages 29-42

Emotional Processing following Cortical and Subcortical Brain Damage: Contribution of the Fronto-Striatal Circuitry

Caterina Breitenstein,1,2 Irene Daum,3 and Hermann Ackermann4

1Institute of Medical Psychology, University of Tübingen, Germany
2Department of Neurology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, USA
3Department of Psychology, Clinical Neuropsychology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany
4Neurological Clinic, University of Tübingen, Germany

Received 4 June 1997; Accepted 19 February 1998

Copyright © 1998 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The present study examined the differential contribution of cortical and subcortical brain structures in emotional processing by comparing patients with focal cortical lesions (n = 32) to those with primarily subcortical dysregulation of the basal ganglia (Parkinson’s disease n = 14). A standardized measure of emotional perception (Tübingen Affect Battery) was used. Only patients in the more advanced stages of Parkinson’s disease and patients with focal damage to the (right) frontal lobe differed significantly from controls in both facial expression and affective prosody recognition. The findings imply involvement of the fronto-striatal circuitry in emotional processing.