Cerebral Imaging and Emotional Correlates

  • C. Munro Cullum
Part of the Critical Issues in Neuropsychology book series (CINP)


Emotional changes associated with cerebral damage are common and may range from depression to hypomania or complete denial of illness. Affective changes or reactions following a neurological event may vary depending on the nature, severity, and chronicity of the disorder and also may vary as a result of intraindividual factors such as age at onset, general health, additional physical sequelae, social supports, and premorbid personality. In addition to the psychological reactions to perceived alteration or loss of function that might be expected, emotional and psychological changes also may result as a direct consequence of damage to the brain (i.e., a neuroaffective disorder; see Figure 1).


Left Hemisphere Lesion Size Depressive Symptomatology Cerebral Lesion Neurological Patient 
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of California at San DiegoLa JollaUSA

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