Psychiatry Res 2016 Mar 28;237:103-8. Epub 2016 Jan 28.
Department of Adult Psychiatry, Saint-Luc University Hospital, 10 Avenue Hippocrate, B-1200 Brussels, Belgium.
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Cortex 2013 Feb 16;49(2):549-58. Epub 2011 Dec 16.
Equipe de Neuropsychologie Interventionnelle, Institut Mondor de Recherche Biomédicale, Créteil, France.
Patients with Huntington's disease (HD), a neurodegenerative disorder that causes major motor impairments, also show cognitive and emotional deficits. While their deficit in recognising emotions has been explored in depth, little is known about their ability to express emotions and understand their feelings. If these faculties were impaired, patients might not only mis-read emotion expressions in others but their own emotions might be mis-interpreted by others as well, or thirdly, they might have difficulties understanding and describing their feelings. Read More
Neuropsychologia 2015 Feb 9;68:158-67. Epub 2015 Jan 9.
Institute of Cognitive Neurology (INECO), Buenos Aires, Argentina; Institute of Neuroscience, Favaloro University, Buenos Aires, Argentina; National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), Argentina; UDP-INECO Foundation Core on Neuroscience (UIFCoN), Diego Portales University, Santiago, Chile; Universidad Autónoma del Caribe, Barranquilla, Colombia; Australian Research Council (ACR) Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Australia. Electronic address:
Lack of empathy and emotional disturbances are prominent clinical features of Huntington's disease (HD). While emotion recognition impairments in HD patients are well established, there are no experimental designs assessing empathy in this population. The present study seeks to cover such a gap in the literature. Read More
Alcohol Clin Exp Res 2011 Sep 20;35(9):1662-8. Epub 2011 May 20.
Department of Neuroscience, Systems and Cognition, Institute of Psychology, Catholic University of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.
Background: Emotional impairments constitute a crucial and widely described dimension of alcoholism, but several affective abilities are still to be thoroughly explored among alcohol-dependent patients. This is particularly true for empathy, which constitutes an essential emotional competence for interpersonal relations and has been shown to be highly impaired in various psychiatric states. The present study aimed at exploring empathic abilities in alcoholism, and notably the hypothesis of a differential deficit between emotional and cognitive empathy. Read More
J Huntingtons Dis 2016 05;5(2):175-83
Calvary Health Care Bethlehem, Caulfield South, VIC, Australia.
Background: Huntington's disease (HD) is an inherited neurodegenerative disorder characterised by motor, cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Recent research has established that individuals with HD display reduced discrimination of emotional facial expressions and impaired higher-order social cognitive skills, including 'theory of mind'.
Objective: This study aimed to further characterise the emotion evaluation and theory of mind deficits in HD in an ecologically-valid context, and determine their impact on socially-relevant functional abilities. Read More