Mood, aphasia, and affective language comprehension

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Understanding the emotional content in the words of others and reacting inan adequate way are basic human competences. This article deals with someof the multiple facets of language comprehension and inferences on protagonists’emotions depending on mood and neuropsychological factors. The firstsection asks how moods color our understanding of other people’s emotionexpressions, thereby influencing communicative behavior. The second sectiondiscusses neuropsychological foundations of emotion perception. Lesions ineach hemisphere influence this competence in different aspects. Results fromreading tasks will present the specific problems of mild aphasia vs. right hemisphericlesions showing different error patterns to infer the emotional contentfrom small texts. Consequences for patients’ communication strategies andemotive alignment are discussed.


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