Emotional words processing in typical and aphasic people

Carlos J. Álvarez, Janeth Hernández-Jaramillo

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The purpose of this paper is to provide theoretical and empirical understanding about of the processing of verbal emotional information. It incorporates evidence from healthy subjects, and importantly, people with brain damage, whatever the outcome in patients with aphasia allow the testing of models of cognitive-linguistic processing. We explore differences in the processing of emotional words according to the hemispheric location, gender (male-female), performance of "healthy" subjects versus people with brain damage and emotional valence of words, among others. Taken together, the evidence points to less that 1) there is a similar pattern in healthy individuals and patients with aphasia on specific reading strategy of emotional words by the right hemisphere, 2) there is an early processing of emotional information, 3) processing the language of men and women under certain circumstances may be different, 4) emotional information is dominated by the right hemisphere, particularly those with negative connotation and 5) there is an effect of facilitating the words with negative connotations, compared with those positive and neutral.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)63-88
Number of pages26
JournalRLA, Revista de linguistica teorica y aplicada
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012


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